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John McLaren taking a front office role with the Nationals

Jun 25, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

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Depending on what you hear right now, Nationals interim manager John McLaren may or may not be leaving the organization.

Major-league sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that McLaren will likely resign when the Nationals name Davey Johnson as their new manager.

McLaren, who was ejected in the eighth inning during his first game as interim manager last night, reportedly plans to step aside out of loyalty to Riggleman as well as “his overall frustration with the Nationals’ situation.” Of course, McLaren served as bench coach under Riggleman, so the Nationals may need to settle on a replacement for the major league staff.

Meanwhile, Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that McLaren is “not leaving the Nationals,” so it’s possible that he will stay with the organization in another capacity.

Johnson could take over as manager as soon as Monday, though the Nationals have yet to make an official announcement. The reported reason for the delay is because Johnson’s agent is currently in Japan.

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UPDATE, 8:05 PM: Amanda Comack of the Washington Times has confirmed that McLaren is staying with the Nationals in a front office role.

  1. natstowngreg - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    As I noted elsewhere, Rizzo addressed the situation on Fox. Another thing he said was that Johnson would decide on his coaching staff after taking over. Seems reasonable.

    BTW, on the Nats post-game show this morning (sometime after 1:00 AM EDT), McLaren was asked about the ejection. His response was fairly incoherent. About all he could say was that anger came out. Against whom, he wouldn’t say. For the record, I don’t blame him for getting tossed, after the plate ump reversed a call in his team’s favor by the first base ump. Even the replay was inconclusive, so there was no way the plate umpire could make that call.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 25, 2011 at 8:00 PM

      He wouldn’t say because if the words Jeff Nelson crossed his lips he would have worked for free last night. They ought to go back to the old days, when the umps took the field the organist would play Three Blind Mice.

  2. jwbiii - Jun 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    It’s normal for coaches to tender their resignations when a manager is fired. Some are accepted, some are not. Davey Johnson, as a member of the organization, probably knows who among the current coaches he wants and who he doesn’t want on his staff.

    All of these rumors that we are hearing about the length of Johnson’s contract and Johnson’s silence leads me to believe that a deal has not been reached. When the deal is signed, I expect Johnson to say whether wants John McLaren or Bo Porter or anybody else on his staff. Until then, I expect he will continue to keep his mouth shut.

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