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Report: Davey Johnson to be named Nationals manager

Jun 24, 2011, 9:18 PM EDT

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Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of this season and 2012, ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports.

It’ll be the first managerial gig for the 68-year-old Johnson since his two-year stint with the Dodgers ended in 2000.  The one-time World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 has a career 1,148-888 record in 14 seasons as a manager.

It lopoks like a great hire for the Nationals if Johnson truly has the desire to manage again.  He’s indicated in the past that he didn’t.  At least when it comes to in-game tactics, Johnson should run circles around Jim Riggleman, who was one of the game’s weakest managers in that regard.  The Nationals will probably try to decide on a manager of the future this winter to add as a bench coach for 2012 and then step in for Johnson the following season.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Another thing you need to mention about Davey was that he was among the earliest brought modern, now-a-go go statistical probability managing to the dugout. He may well have been the first manager to bring his laptop to the bench and have all the opposition and home team stats at his fingertips when plotting a game. I think of him as the Benoit Mandelbrot of major league managers. This should be a hoot when he goes up against the Feesh – Davey and his Babbage Engine brain versus the Curmudegeonly Undead and his dendrite plaque abacus.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      It’s true. I’m very confident in Johnson’s ability to pick the right players on a day-to-day basis. That’s what kind of stinks about putting him on the Nationals: there are really no interesting choices to be made.

  2. natstowngreg - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    F.P. Santangelo of MASN reported it, via Bill Ladson of MLB.com. About a minute later, Michael Morse hit a 2-run, 430-foot homer to give the Nats a 2-0 lead in the 8th.

    Coincidence? Um, yeah, it is.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 24, 2011 at 10:43 PM

      John McLaren just got tossed from his only game as acting manager. Trent Jewett gets to be acting manager for a couple of innings.

      • Old Gator - Jun 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM

        Hilarious. McLaren is trying to establish his credentials into the future. He tosses with the best of ‘em.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 25, 2011 at 1:12 AM

        Corection: Looks like McLaren will get another game as acting manager.

  3. jhorton83 - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:05 AM

    It always seemed like Davey Johnson got screwed over everywhere he went. That psychopath Marge Schott fired him because she apparently disapproved that he lived with a woman out of wedlock. Then that incompetent buffoon Peter Angelos fired him despite two consecutive trips to the ALCS and a Manager of the Year Award. And the Orioles haven’t had a winning season since. So it’s good to see him get another chance.

    • Old Gator - Jun 25, 2011 at 8:49 AM

      I think Margie actually fired him because he refused to wear the swastika armband she gave him for his birthday.

      • jhorton83 - Jun 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

        Oh. Well, refusing a birthday present is just plain rude, so I think the firing was completely justified now in hindsight.

  4. purdueman - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Welcome to major league baseball…. brought to you by AARP and the National Geriatrics Society!

    First older than dirt Mc Keon, now Johnson. Can we be far behind the naming of Minnie Minoso as the next old fart to take over a major league team?

  5. purdueman - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    The attached photo to this blog makes him look like an old chipmunk! I say Nats fans should keep him and nickname him: “Alvin”!

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