CHICAGO (AP) - General manager Mike Rizzo had to move quickly. He needed a seasoned and successful manager to run the Washington Nationals, a promising team shocked by the abrupt resignation of Jim Riggleman.
He didn’t have to look far.
“Davey’s a perfect fit for this job at this particular time,” Rizzo said. “He’s a guy with a track record that’s beyond reproach. He knows the system, he knows the staff, he knows the major league club and he’s a terrific baseball guy and a proved winning manager.”
Johnson agreed to a three-year consulting contract that runs through 2013, and will help select Washington’s next manager. It could be him, of course.
“This situation just emphasizes the type of team player he is. He’s, in essence, dropping everything to get back in uniform to help us out.”
Interim manager John McLaren ran the team for the third straight game Sunday and came away with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox to finish his short stint 2-1. Riggleman’s former bench coach will be reassigned to scouting duties within the organization.
“The John McLaren era is over in Washington. Is three games an era?” McLaren said with a laugh.
“I appreciate that. It was kinda cool,” McLaren said.
“It’s an extremely positive reaction. They all know Davey, he’s been in spring training, in uniform,” Rizzo said. “They’ve interacted with him, they know his resume and just talking to him, the respect that he has in that room, even before he sets foot in there as manager, is second to none.”View Entire Story
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