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Beltway Baseball: Who should manage the Nats?

Oct 10, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

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Mike Rizzo has stated the Nationals’ number one priority this offseason is hiring a new manager for 2014. There are internal candidates, external candidates, some with decades of experience, and some with none at all. Which direction will Rizzo choose?

In this episode of Beltway Baseball, Mark and I discussed the Nats’ managerial race , a decision Mark says could be the biggest Mike Rizzo has made since becoming the general manager in Washington. We also talk about whether Cal Ripken, Jr. actually has a realistic shot at the job.

Check it out right here:

  1. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    I don’t know, I still like Mike Scioscia for next season.

    I don’t agree with the assessment that Cal will cost a lot.

    • TimDz - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      Won’t happen Faraz…..

      MLBTraderumors reported that both Scioscia and the GM will be back next year. I think Baker gets an interview (if for no other reason than to satisfy the MLB’s policy of interviewing at least one minority candidate), but not the job. I think Matt Williams gets strong consideration for the job as will Randy Knorr.

      Ultimately, I think the job goes to a younger manager (given the success of Metheny in St. Louis), one who can stay in the long term.

      I really respect Cal Ripkin the player. He has been out of the game for many years now and I don’t think the Nats will take a chance on him (which I agree as being the prudent thing)

      • Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        didn’t we say the same thing about Davey (out of game for long time)?

        Surprised to hear about Scioscia and Angels GM. I thought they would be looking for scapegoats after the season they had.

  2. jd - Oct 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM


    I don’t get the love for Scioscia. I think his teams have consistently under performed with expensive proven talent.

  3. jd - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    I think the succsesful models are Farrel, Maddon, Matheny and melvin. None of them big names when they started with their teams, none of them big time players and all of them students of the game not afraid to make out of the box moves.

    I don’t know how good a manager Randy Knorr could be but if he interviews well and brings a good plan to the table there is nothing wrong with his candidacy. Brad Ausmus doesn’t have a managing resume either but he seems like a very intelligent and thoughtful candidate.

    whoever gets the job, I would like to see them and Rizzo consider the pitching coach. I am not sold on the idea that Mc.Catty gets the most out of his pitchers.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Ausmus is an interesting name. Another catcher and smart guy. There’s no easy answer. They only turn out 2 ways with Managers in that 1 wins the big game and 29 didn’t.

    • JamesFan - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      I’ve been watching these young pitchers for StL and the As and they have been well prepared and incredibly confident in high stress games. I contrast that to the young Nats guys last year. Except for JZim, they looked scared to death. I don’t think McCatty is a bad pitching coach, but I think that he does not get a guaranteed job for next year. Let the new manager pick his own guy. Sometimes a change is just needed.

  4. naterialguy - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    I think it should be either Randy Knorr or Beasley. I would want Bo Porter but really doubt he has any intention on leaving at this time.
    I would prefer that we not go outside for this.

  5. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    proven, but aging/injured talent or talent with exploitable holes in their games. I wouldn’t put blame on Mike.

  6. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Duh. Nats Insider commenters. Next question.


    Beltway Baseball: Who should manage the Nats?

    • Candide - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:49 AM

      …and 1a wins the post!

  7. knoxvillenat - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I have no idea who Rizzo will hire but I would like to ask what others think of Bob Brenly? I’m not advocating for him but he has a WS ring as a manager and of course the AZ connection that seems to strike a positive with Rizzo. I’m not that familiar with his record overall or how he ran the D-Backs but thought it kind of strange his name never comes up in these managerial searches. Perhaps he has no interest in managing again?

  8. Sonny G 10 - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Well we left Washington state and Oregon to get out of the rain. So here I sit in Provo, Utah in the rain. At least we’ve had some nice sunny days here and things should get better tomorrow.

    As to the next manager, I will have to leave that up to Rizzo. I just don’t know who would be a good one to pick. I just think it needs to be someone Rizzo likes and trusts so he will give the new manager his full backing. The players need to know who’s boss.

  9. dgourds - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    FP Santangelo for manager! He’d be great. Really!

    • Murray Sumes - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Now that would be interesting!

  10. snerdblurter - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I’m just glad the Phils snapped up Ryno before Rizzo could think about it — that guy has the personality of a bowl of stale oatmeal. Hope they like 3rd place.

  11. snerdblurter - Oct 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Oh and I like the Ausmus suggestion. First time I’ve heard that one…





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