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Matt Williams is trying to talk Davey Johnson into being at spring training

Dec 11, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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Davey Johnson is taking retirement seriously, staying away from the winter meetings and telling the Nationals he doesn’t want to be involved in spring training, but Mark Zuckerman of reports that new manager Matt Williams is trying to change his mind:

I asked him to come to spring training. He’s not far from the spring training complex. He is extremely respectful of me and the staff and doesn’t want to step on anybody’s toes. Hopefully he will call and let us know he’s coming, and we’ll make a big to‑do. We’ll have a big cake. … I asked him to come into the office and sit down and talk baseball. I’d love to pick his brain. Hopefully he accepts that and we can do that.

Johnson has said previously that he doesn’t think seeing him in uniform during spring training would do his replacement any good in terms of fully taking over the job, but Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo both want him there and want him to remain involved with the team in general.

  1. natstowngreg - Dec 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I understand the thing about not overshadowing the new manager. But c’mon Davey, the new manager WANTS you there. Besides, you’re still on the payroll. It wouldn’t hurt you to show up and have your brain picked, while you’re getting paid.

  2. spc7ray - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    I like this–Davy has always been a class guy–So has Matt Williams–I think it would ba a good thing even though I don’t like that team–lol

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