With the resignation of manager Jim Riggleman this afternoon, bench coach John McLaren is expected to be named as the team’s interim manager for the weekend but sources indicate he may only manage through the series in Chicago and that senior advisor to the general manager Davey Johnson is high on the Nationals list of candidates to manage the rest of the season. Calls to Johnson were not immediately returned.
A long-tenured major league bench coach McLaren’s big league managerial experience came with Seattle when he took over in mid-season from Mike Hargrove in 2007. He was relieved of those duties on June 19 after leading Seattle to a 25-47 record that season and replaced by Riggleman.
Johnson’s track record as a player and manager in the major leagues is well documented. He has managed the Reds, Orioles, Dodgers and Mets in the past, winning the 1986 World Series with New York. In 14 seasons as a manager, Johnson’s teams finished first or second 11 times. He won five division titles, one pennant and one World Series. He was named the 1997 American League Manager of the Year after leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 98-64 record.