Strange news out of Nats Town yesterday as manager Jim Riggleman resigned after his team reached .500 on a walkoff 1-0 win against the Seattle Mariners. It is being reported that Riggleman was unhappy with his contract negotiations with general manager Mike Rizzo.
“You have to feel like there’s a commitment to you. I just didn’t feel that way,” he told ESPN.
In the mean time, the Nationals named John McLaren their interim manager while they search for options.
Washington happens to have a skipper working closely with the team, a guy near to Baltimore fans’ hearts, Davey Johnson. He’s worked with Washington as a consultant to the team since 2006.
The Washington Post is reporting the the Nats are considering asking Johnson to put the uniform back on and manage the club. Johnson was with the Orioles from 1996-1997 and has not managed in the Majors since 2000 when he was with the Dodgers. He was Team USA’s skipper and left his job with Los Angeles, which makes you wonder whether he has a desire to take the job.
If Washington does want to make a splash for a big name manager, Johnson would definitely be that guy.