’ team plane arrived in Chicago on Thursday evening carrying baseball’s hottest team and its oddest situation. The Nationals have surged to their first winning record in June since 2005, their inaugural season, on the strength of 11 wins in 12 games. And for a while Thursday, the players had no earthly idea who would be managing them Friday against the
The situation became only slightly less murky by the end of the night. Following
The Nationals moved McLaren into the role largely out of convenience, though, and plan on making another in-house candidate their manager for the duration of the season. Their top choice, and the most compelling possibility, is believed to be current Nationals senior adviser and 1997
Johnson, 68, has managed 14 seasons with four teams and compiled a 1,148-888 record. He last managed in 2000, with the
Johnson was not available to comment.
If the Nationals cannot persuade Johnson to manage, they have two other front-office officials with major league managerial experience. Assistant general manager Bob Boone, 63, managed the
Asked if he would be interested, he said, "That's hypothetical. I can't answer that."
Special assistant Bob Schaefer, 67, twice managed the
"I'll always listen if they think I would help," Schafer said. "I would have to think about it."
The Nationals, from top to bottom, were completely stunned by Riggleman’s decision. “We don’t have an immediate plan for a successor as manger,” general manager