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Not much news in the Nats’ managerial search

Oct 16, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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Adam Kilgore has an update regarding the Washington Nationals’ search for a new manager. The big news: pretty much no news.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth reading, as Kilgore provides some more background on the Nats’ two leading internal choices, bench coach Randy Knorr and third base coach Trent Jewett.

You can’t expect much real news until after the series is over inasmuch as teams are told by MLB to keep a lid on official announcements before then. But the relative quiet from both Washington and Cincinnati on their managerial openings makes me think that they’re not trying to get the jump on the other for candidates for two equally-appealing jobs for one reason: they’re going in-house with it and are hiring coaches.

But that’s just a guess of course.

  1. natstowngreg - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Adam Kilgore is always worth reading. Not only does he write well, he uses sabermetrics to supplement his coverage of the people who run, and play for, the team. Also, a shout-out to James Wagner, who joined Kilgore on The Washington Post’s Nats beat in 2012.

    Mike Rizzo will let us know when he’s ready to let us know. IMHO, with all respect to Cal Ripken, that storyline isn’t going anywhere. If he comes in for an interview, I’ll take it seriously. If someone comes in from outside the organization, more likely someone already coaching, like Matt Williams (Kilgore has mentioned him before).

    • crabcakesfootball - Oct 16, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Lets not hope the ego of Rizzo gets in the way of a pursuit of Ripken though.

      I would hate for him to go somewhere else not close to his home and have success… because he will have success.

  2. raysfan1 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I’m available.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Actually, the Nats are seeking permission to talk to Don Zimmer. (“Zimmer on his way out to talk to Zimmermann, and Zimmerman is coming over too.”)

  3. billgatesbarber - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Dave Martinez from the Rays is somebody any team looking for a manager should consider interviewing.

  4. creek0512 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    If they were smart they would have fired the GM for claiming they would just win the WS this year if they didn’t last year.

    • simalex - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Nats played terrible baseball for 3/4 of the season and still won 86 games. If you want to fire the GM who built that team, well, thank goodness you’re not running a ball club.

    • emdash01 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      If he’d actually said that, you’d have a really good point.

  5. cranespy - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Why has John Stearns been blackballed and kept from getting a managerial job?? The guy knows the game….can communicate it…..and never lacks for enthusiasm!

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