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Nationals name John McLaren interim manager, but will pick new guy (Davey Johnson?) by Monday

Jun 24, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

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As expected, John McLaren has officially been named the Nationals’ interim manager following Jim Riggleman’s resignation yesterday, but apparently he’s not long for the job either.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that McLaren will manage the team this weekend but “general manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another interim manager by Monday.”

Most of the speculation so far has centered on Davey Johnson ultimately getting the full-time job. Johnson managed the Mets to a World Series win in 1986 and has a .564 winning percentage in 14 total seasons for the Mets, Orioles, Reds, and Dodgers.

Johnson is currently working in the Nationals’ front office, but hasn’t managed since going 86-76 with the Dodgers in 2000 and is 68 years old.

  1. spudchukar - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Has the NL East entered some time warp? Hey, Mets Yogi is still out there.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:54 PM

      Perhaps Bobby Cox won’t be retired long either.

    • JBerardi - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:17 PM

      Hopefully it can time warp back to a time when managers had a basic grasp of strategy.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Take that Feesh! Youth triumphs after alll!
    Scooter Store has reserved a booth at next MLB managers conference.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:01 PM

      Hmmm, Ozzie coming to manage the Nats instead of the Fish? No basis for this, but an interesting idea. Maybe the Nats’ media should ask Ozzie while they’re in Chicago for the White Sox series.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:16 PM

        Yes! Yes! Ozzie is perfect for Washington! A hot air bag expectorating nonstop incoherent babble! Oh, if he wasn’t born a beltway insider, nobuddy wuz.

    • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM

      Maybe we should segway to another topic….

      • natstowngreg - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM

        hear! hear!

  3. natstowngreg - Jun 24, 2011 at 4:59 PM

    Makes sense. Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post suggested Davey in this morning’s paper:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/nationals-put-john-mclaren-in-charge-for-now-but-plan-on-finding-another-interim-replacement/2011/06/23/AG6yzHiH_story.html

    If Davey gets the job, question is, will he be content to return to an advisory role after the season, while Rizzo looks for someone younger?

  4. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Isnt the Nats 3rd base coach Bo Porter supposed to be a hot commodity?

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 24, 2011 at 7:37 PM

      Not a “name” and the BRAIN trust is probably just a little gun shy about hiring another lame duck placeholder.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 24, 2011 at 8:36 PM

      I’d expect Porter to be part of Rizzo’s search for a manager after the season.

  5. Chairman Al - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Davey took the O’s to the playoffs until he was run out of town by Angelos. And honestly, while the Nats have lacked success over the years, what manager wouldn’t want all of the young talent they have? Seems like a pretty exciting project to me. I’d rather have a handful of young, hungry players to manage then 36 year old prima donnas.

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