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NATS' NEXT MANAGER?
With Frank Robinson's future now determined, the Nationals will begin the search for their new manager. Here's an early look at some potential candidates:
Current job: Manager, Florida Marlins
The skinny: Girardi will be fired after only one season with the Marlins, but that's not because he did a poor job. He will be the hottest manager on the market this winter, and his hometown Chicago Cubs will certainly be aggressive in pursuing him.
Current job: Manager, USA Baseball
The skinny: A former manager of Nationals GM Jim Bowden's in Cincinnati, and very highly thought of around these parts for the job he did in Baltimore. Johnson, though, has said he's not interested in returning to managing a major league club, and he has been out of the game for six years.
Current job: Television analyst, Fox
The skinny: Worked with Bowden in Cincinnati, and the two speak glowingly about each other. Piniella, though, had a rocky tenure in Tampa Bay and is probably reluctant to take on another long-term rebuilding project.
Current job: Manager, Chicago Cubs
The skinny: Like Girardi, is about to be fired. He does have a decent track record, taking the Giants to the World Series and the Cubs to the NLCS, but he also doesn't have the greatest reputation, particularly when it comes to managing young clubs.
Current job: Third base coach, Atlanta Braves
The skinny: Considered a hot, up-and-coming manager, Gonzalez has been tutored under Bobby Cox and could be primed for a promotion. Nationals president Stan Kasten is familiar with him, too, from his days in Atlanta.
Current job: First base coach, New York Yankees
The skinny: Was highly regarded during his brief stint managing the Royals before he quit, saying he could no longer handle the pressure. Bowden had him as a player in Pittsburgh in the 1980s.
MANNY ACTA, third base coach, New York Mets
TIM FOLI, manager, Nationals' Class AAA club
JERRY MANUEL, bench coach, New York Mets
TERRY PENDLETON, hitting coach, Atlanta Braves
— Mark Zuckerman
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