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Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr wants to replace Davey Johnson

Sep 3, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Randy Knorr AP

Davey Johnson is stepping down as Nationals manager following the season and bench coach Randy Knorr wants to be the man who replaces him.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com notes that Knorr managed nearly half of the Nationals’ current roster while they were in the minors and this is his second season as Johnson’s right-hand man in Washington.

Knorr has been tasked with filling in for Johnson as manager occasionally this season and has made headlines on two occasions, first by yanking closer Rafael Soriano from a save situation in July and then by criticizing Bryce Harper‘s lack of hustle last week.

Ladson portrays those things as Knorr being “not afraid to speak his mind.” Whether or not general manager Mike Rizzo and the Nationals’ star players agree with that assessment will probably determine if he has any shot as the full-time gig for 2014.

  1. dcfan4life - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    The Washington Manager job could be a highly sought after job, with such a core group of young talent to work with. Plenty of very experienced, highly successful individuals will be up for this job. While i have no problem with underperforming stars getting a kick in the butt, you can’t lose the clubhouse doing that. And anytime you throw a star under the bus to the media, it isnt good. He should be interviewed, but in the few instances people have heard his name this season, its for what he said, not what he did. Not usually good in baseball…

    • NatsLady - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      He’s pretty much talking himself out of the job, IMO.

      • someguyinva - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        I don’t think he was necessarily wrong when calling out Harper for not hustling, but the media reports didn’t contain the full quote of what he said. Buried in the ellipses was Knorr saying “I still don’t think he’d have beaten it out” (the Nats broadcast network post-game show includes the manager’s chat with the press), but that got left out of the WaPo and every other “print” outlet.

    • nbjays - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      I hear Ozzie is available…

  2. NatsLady - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    If the Yanks don’t re-sign Girardi, that’s our guy, no matter what the cost. Unfortunately, can’t imagine the Yanks not re-signing Girardi.

    • greymares - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Soscia !!!!!!!

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    “Davey Johnson is stepping down as Nationals manager following the season”

    Stepping down? Kinda like Louis XVI stepped down?

    • dcfan4life - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      You know Davey announced this decision in the off season right? Not recently just because of the disappointment this team has been this year.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Yes, I was aware that in the off season the Nats said they did not want him for 2014, and Johnson had no choice but to accept. Kinda like Louis XVI had no choice but to accept.

        You following me now, big guy?

  4. emdash01 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    If he were being seriously considered, I suspect Davey would’ve gotten the same treatment Charlie Manuel did to give Knorr a chance to audition. Rizzo’s never struck me as terribly sentimental about these things. He also likes to make big dramatic moves, so you have to figure he’s looking for a name manager.

    In addition to the two comments mentioned in this post, Knorr also said that he was “proud of Strasburg” after the game in which Strasburg was ejected for hitting Justin Upton and throwing behind Andrelton Simmons, which is as good as admitting it was on purpose. They’re lucky that didn’t end up getting Strasburg suspended.

    Those are the three games he’s managed this season, by the way. He’s said something tough-guy-dumb and ill-advised after every single one. Would not enjoy him as manager one bit if he can’t recognize the difference between what’s appropriate to say to a player behind closed doors and what’s appropriate to say to the press.

  5. misterj167 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Yeah because if there’s one thing the Nationals need, it’s a manager with lots of attitude and not a lot of baseball smarts.

  6. vanmorrissey - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Based on Nationals results this year seems like a mistake to keep this guy around.

  7. steelers88 - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    You know who deserves a chance to manage is Ray Serage. He basically turned the whole pitching staff in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization around. He truly is a awesome guy.

  8. jaysfan64 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I remember this guy – he was Borders’ backup on the Blue Jays when they were winning the World Series..I always got the impression he was going to be a manager at some point…if he gets it good luck to him..

  9. thecrabcakestate - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Davey Johnson has been an amazing manager. Sad to see him go. I remember him from the Orioles.

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