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Less than an hour before the Nationals took the field to play the White Sox Sunday afternoon, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed his team. Three days of craziness and uncertainty behind them, Rizzo spoke of the team's past and its future. Davey Johnson would be their new manager, he told them, and then he thanked interim manager John McLaren for all he'd done for the organization. Applause was audible from outside the closed clubhouse doors.
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.
After two-plus days of upheaval and uncertainty, the Washington Nationals and their managerial situation will finally stabilize Sunday. Davey Johnson will join the team in Chicago tomorrow, travel with them to Anaheim and is expected to make his Nationals' managerial debut Monday evening.
John McLaren, red-faced and irate, pointing violently at umpire Mike Estabrook after an eighth-inning out call at first base was reversed, ensured that his first game as interim manager of the Washington Nationals would end abruptly. The way the previous 24 hours had gone for the Nationals, that seemed a fitting way for it to happen.
Washington Nationals interim manager John Mclaren, the short-term replacement for departed manager Jim Riggleman, will leave the on-field coaching staff following Sunday's game and be reassigned to a front office position, general manager Mike Rizzo said.
Davey Johnson is poised to take over as manager of the Washington Nationals, replacing Jim Riggleman, who abruptly resigned Thursday.
The Washington Nationals played baseball for nearly five hours Friday night, needing 14 innings to continue a winning surge that has made them the hottest team in baseball. But the emotional toll of what Nationals interim manager John McLaren called "the most intense" game he'd seen likely weighed on them Saturday afternoon.
The baseball world buzzed Friday. Still reeling from the news that Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned Thursday afternoon in a contract dispute with Nationals ownership and general manager Mike Rizzo — and buoyed by Riggleman's media tour de force — it seemed everyone and anyone was talking Nationals.
Washington interim manager John McLaren was ejected in his first game at the Nationals' helm.