The tumult of the last 10 days for the Washington Nationals has brought several questions to the forefront for the one-time World Series favorites. They opened the second half of the season with a six-game losing streak, fired their hitting coach, demoted their one-time closer and had their only two victories come on walk-off home runs.
All of that, particularly the firing of Eckstein, which manager Davey Johnson publicly disagreed with, has brought up the idea that Johnson and general manager Mike Rizzo are no longer on the same page with regard to running the team.
Both have shot the idea down publicly. Yes, they admit, they do not agree on everything, but both men also insisted they do not have to in order to work in harmony.
Saturday afternoon, Rizzo reiterated what he said Monday when asked about Johnson’s job security: the Nationals have no plans to part ways with Johnson before the end of the season. This is already going to be Johnson’s final season in the Nationals’ dugout, a decision agreed upon by both partied during the offseason.
“There is no chance that he won’t be the manager until the end of the season,” Rizzo said when asked directly about Johnson’s job. “I love Davey and respect him, and I think he feels the same way.”