Washington Nationals Rumors: Mike Rizzo Should Look to Young Managers
This may be the only place you read this but that doesn’t make it false. The Washington Nationals are looking for a much younger manager to fill the void of elder statesman Davey Johnson. That hasn’t been reported anywhere but the names that they are looking to for the job have been noted and each of them have something in common, they are in their mid-forties. I think this is a great decision by Mike Rizzo, team GM.
You only have to look at the teams that made it all the way to the League Championship Series. It is basically true of both leagues but the National League Championship will pit Don Mattingly against one of the best young managers Mike Matheny. The blueprint is right there for the reading and Rizzo appears to be looking the fine print. Don’t believe me?
He has been rumored to be interested in his current bench coach Randy Knorr who is 44 years old. Matt Williams, third base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks is also on Rizzo’s radar and he is 47 years old. A name mentioned recently as being in the running is San Diego Padres special assistant Brad Ausmus who is also 44. Ausmus would appear to be a mirror image of Matheny in that he is young and he was a successful catcher just a few years ago. That is the same mold that fits Joe Girardi as well.
Whoever gets the job as the Nats new skipper, I think Rizzo would be making a great choice in going with someone like Ausmus. He is well known and well respected and would be someone that knew how to lead a team like he does Italy’s team in the World Baseball Classic. Even if he goes with Knorr, he is going in the right direction. Any of these three would bring a new and exciting atmosphere to the Nats clubhouse next season.