With Davey Johnson retired and a disappointing season behind them, the Washington Nationals are taking a methodical and deliberate approach to finding their next skipper. Arizona Diamondbacks coach Matt Williams has already interviewed for the job. Next on the docket, Brad Ausmus.
Ausmus is currently a front office assistant with the San Diego Padres but has been considered for a few managerial openings in recent years. He interviewed with the Boston Red Sox to replace Terry Francona and was considered but turn down offers to interview for the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros.
Ausmus has 18 years of experience as one of the best defensive catchers of his generation under his belt. He was always considered a smart ballplayer and called an outstanding game behind the dish. He had future manager written all over him. He is obviously interested in becoming a manager or he wouldn’t have listened to the Red Sox and would have immediately taken his name off the list for the Nationals opening or told the Padres to deny permission for him to interview for it..
The Nationals would be a fantastic first managerial job. They are a veteran team that came close to making it to the World Series in 2012 and have young stars to sustain success for years to come and a front office that is willing to bring in veterans to plug holes as needed. What isn’t to love about the situation if you are Ausmus?
The Nationals are also believed to be considering internal candidates like Randy Knorr and Trent Jewett and there have been a few reports of Cal Ripken, Jr.’s name being mentioned as an outside shot. Given the recent influx of catchers into managerial positions it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ausmus get a shot next.