Less than 48 hours after Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned as manager of the Washington Nationals, the team will announce that Davey Johnson is going to be the team’s manager for the rest of the 2011 season.
Johnson, of course, guided the New York Mets to their last World Series title in 1986. He has also managed the Cincinnati Reds, the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He took the Reds to an NL Central title in 1995 and the O’s to back to back post-season appearances in 1996 and 1997. Johnson last managed during the 2000 season.
After hearing interviews with the likes of Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Jerry Hairston, Jr. They didn’t sound like they missed Riggleman too much. But if they start to skid under Johnson they might change their tune. Of course, if Johnson guides them to the post-season it will be Riggs who ends up kicking himself. But as always we shall see.