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Mike Rizzo confirms that Davey Johnson will be Nats’ manager through end of 2011

Jun 25, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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During an interview on FOX earlier this afternoon, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed that Davey Johnson will be named as the team’s next manager.

However, contrary to various reports about a multi-year contract, Rizzo said that Johnson will only be the manager through the end of the 2011 season before the situation is reevaluated.

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post was kind enough to transcribe the interview:

“Well, Davey’s part of the furniture, put it that way,” Rizzo said. “He’s signed a long-term consultant contract, we’re figuring out dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on that. But he’s gonna manage the team through ‘11, we’re going to reevaluate after the season. Davey will be a part of the reevaluation process. We’re going to do a manager search, he’ll be part of the manager search, he’ll be one of the candidates for the manager search. And we’ll see what happens after that. But Davey is going to be in the organization for a long, long time. As long as Mike Rizzo is running the organization, Davey Johnson will be part of the organization.”

And though there is some confusion about John McLaren’s role moving forward, Rizzo made it sound as though he will remain in the organization in some capacity.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    “As long as Mike Rizzo is running the organization….”

    If this third-person reference doesn’t confirm what an asshole Mike Rizzo is, then Chris Fiorentino doesn’t know what does.

  2. purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    First 80 year old Jack Mc Keon, not 68 year old Davy Johnson. Why? Simple; MLB will unveil three new sponsors at this years All Star Game: Betty White and the AARP, The National Geriatric Association, and Depends!!!

  3. bbk1000 - Jun 26, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    All Davey Johnson does is win….I love this for the Nats….

    • jhorton83 - Jun 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      Yeah, I’m glad that Davey is getting another legit chance after getting screwed over by so many teams in the ’90′s. As you said, all he did was win, but he got fired for bizarre reasons by clinical psychopath owners.

  4. vikesfansteve - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    You guys do know he resigned from the Orioles. He wasn’t fired. Reason why was because he fined Roberto Alomar 10,500 bucks for missing an exhibition game & then told him to pay the fine to the charity that his wife was the director. Angelos sided with Alomar. There was already tension between Angelos & Johnson because Johnson was asked to stop chewing tabacco & he complained every day about it loudly to the media. Angelos & him just butted heads. Johnson also had strained relationships with the Reds, Mets & Dodgers. The guy is just hard to get along with.

    • purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 3:09 PM

      Thanks for the background, vikesfan. There’s a long time theory in baseball that if you hire an a-hole for a manager, in the short term it will unite the team.Buck Showalter has made a career out of coming in and turning around teams short-term by being an a-hole, but sooner than later it tears the clubhouse apart.

      With Mc Keon and now Johnson being dired as managers though, either baseball is badly lacking for managerial talent or is on the verge of signing a big sponsorship deal with Depends Adult Diapers!!! :-)

  5. danberman4 - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:41 PM

    Johnson has had some interesting stops in his career. The Mets and Orioles jobs didn’t end well, but he seems to always win.
    http://pinetarandbrickbats.blogspot.com/2011/06/return-of-davey-johnson.html

    • purdueman - Jun 26, 2011 at 9:55 PM

      We’re not talking about the same Davy Johnson from his much younger managerial days here; we’re talking about the second coming of Willie Lohman (as in from Death of a Salesman).

      As for only giving him a deal that runs through next season? Rizzo’s a paranoid power hungry jerk and wants whoever he hires as a manager to be kept on a short leach.

      That’s not to say though that he hasn’t done a good job in taking a franchise that had been stripped of its’ farm system and any decent players during baseball’s tenure of ownership, but just to point out that that doesn’t make him any less of a paranoid jerk.

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