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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Davey Johnson
We know Matt Williams can make the trains run on time. And we know he can come up with a daily quote to keep his players focused. We don't know if Williams can manage a team to a World Series championship.
This is a playoff team, just as it was last year, but this year the Nats won't miss.
There are all different kinds of quotes, and uses for them. The previous Washington Nationals manager, Davey Johnson, was quotable. His successor, Matt Williams, likes quotes. These are not the same thing.
Tanner Roark was excellent when he came up with the Nationals last season. Was that enough to secure the fifth rotation spot this time around?
Former Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson will be talking about more than baseball when he's in Syracuse for a hot stove event hosted by the team's Triple A affiliate.
There was a ton to like about Davey Johnson. But Williams throws off a much different vibe. There's a passion and intensity there that Williams couldn't mask on a dare.
Davey Johnson, now a Nationals consultant, doesn't want to attend spring training, but new manager Matt Williams is trying to change his mind.
Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre all were unanimous selections to the Hall of Fame on Monday. Could Davey Johnson join them in Cooperstown someday?
If you are looking for signs of hope, the Nationals hiring Matt Williams is one of them – the players don't make the decisions. Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo does, and this one may be the most important of his tenure so far.
Nats GM Mike Rizzo does not expect to run the decision by his players. What he might find if he asked, though, is a group that already has a pretty good idea of who they'd like to lead them.
Still, Zimmermann's season solidified his place among the game's elite as he finished 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA, earned his first All-Star selection with a mind-bogglingly good first half, and continued his progression into an ace.
The 2013 season is a warning to the organization that acted as if last season's 98 wins and division title were the first of many such postseason runs. That, somehow, landing one strike away from advancing to the NLCS in 2012 meant those October opportunities will always be there in Washington.
As Davey Johnson said late Monday night, there are "a thousand different" reasons the Nationals' season ended in elimination, as opposed to celebration. Here are three issues that contributed to their struggle.
Their loss clinched the National League East title for the Atlanta Braves, who were in the midst of a victory over the Chicago Cubs. And as the Cincinnati Reds took the series from the Pittsburgh Pirates with an 11-3 victory, both NL Central teams' magic number to eliminate the Nationals from wild card contention dropped to two.
Jordan Zimmermann has a two-hitter to go with his one-hitter and needs just one more win to get to 20. Such milestones are starting to look more and more like consolation prizes because of improbable events some 250 miles away.
"To come and manage in New York, I tell you, it was a challenge and it was some of the greatest years of my life," he said.
"It was a great thrill and honor to come to New York and manage in front of the most intelligent fans in all the world," he said with a smirk. "All I had to do was listen to the radio and I knew exactly what to do."