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If Rizzo desires to make an in-house hire, an interim situation would give him a chance to evaluate without having to make a long-term commitment. He sure doesn’t want to make a mistake with the next manager. If an interim doesn’t work out, he can say thanks for the help and go about finding another long-term solution.

Sounds crazy, but crazier things have been done in sports.

Again, the dismissal of Eckstein is probably no more than an almost cosmetic move to try and jump-start a season that is quickly running out of juice. Rizzo said we’re going to do it, Johnson said I don’t agree but I understand and they did it. Nothing more than that.

Rizzo and Johnson would no doubt scoff publicly at the mere suggestion anything else was in play. But wait, Johnson had a chance to do that. Boswell’s question gave him that chance and Johnson didn’t say “no.”

He said, “I don’t want to go there.”

“No” would have been clean and easy, end of discussion. But if it wasn’t the honest answer, it wasn’t one Johnson was going to give.