According the Washington Post, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has notified current bench coach, and perhaps leading candidate, Randy Knorr that his interview for the vacant manager position will be “soon.” The report went on to say that the interview has yet to be officially scheduled, but that it is going to happen.
So far, Knorr is the first person that we’ve heard will be interviewed for the position. The Nationals have yet to contact the Arizona Diamondbacks regarding permission to interview their third base coach Matt Williams. While Knorr is the in-house front-runner for the job, some believe that Williams is the top candidate not already wearing a Nationals’ uniform.
There are, of course, other names on the list of candidates. In the Post’s report, San Diego Padres front office man Brad Asmus was brought up. Asmus retired from the game in 2010 after an 18-year career that was spent primarily with the Houston Astros but finished up with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Much like the Williams situation, the Nationals have reportedly yet to contact the Padres about interviewing him.
The biggest name on everyone’s list is Cal Ripken Jr. The former Baltimore Orioles star has said himself that he would entertain offers to manage again. Jayson Werth said that he would love it if Ripken came to manage the Nationals. Personally, I don’t see that happening.
Ripken has become a very busy man since his days on the diamond. He owns businesses, runs a charity organization and has put together a life that is comfortable for him and his family when he’s away from it all. He did the baseball grind for 26 seasons, including his minor league days, and it would probably take some serious convincing to get him to come back.
Would he do a good job? Probably, but I just don’t see him coming back. He hasn’t really shown much interest outside of saying that he would entertain the conversation.
The search to replace Davey Johnson is far from over, and it has really yet to begin. However, the first step in finding his replacement appears to be in progress. Don’t expect this to be finished anytime soon, however, as the Nationals need to make sure they find the right guy to lead this talented team back to the playoffs.