(Photo by Reuters Pictures. According to the Washington Times, Don Mattingly, right, has decided not to interview for the Nats job. He's decided to wait around for Joe Torre to kick the bucket out in LA.)
Good news! No Acta Redux!
Phew! No on-the-job training for Next Nats Manager in 2010.
Lerners apparently too cheap* to pay for a big name like Valentine; will go with the obvious choice instead.
It's a good thing DC is a two-paper town, and one of them still realizes there's a baseball team that calls this town home - the always on-point Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling reported today that the Nats managerial short-list just got even shorter. Let's cut and paste from the Washington Times:
Mattingly, though, declined to interview with the Nationals, Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said today through a team spokesman. The 48-year-old former All-Star first baseman is a possible heir apparent in Los Angeles once Joe Torre retires, and he prefers to remain with the defending NL West champions.
Washington ownership also is reluctant to spend top dollar on its manager, according to club sources, which would likely eliminate any high-profile candidates like Bobby Valentine or Buck Showalter, despite interest from both former managers in the job.
Besides Riggleman, the only other known candidate is former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, who has spoken to Rizzo in recent weeks but could be more attractive as a bench coach.
(via Chatter/Washington Times, 11/04/2009)
- ZZZZZZ Mike Rizzo's FO remodel continues. Wait, isn't Ron Schueler like the fifth or sixth special advisor to the GM Mike Rizzo has hired this offseason? The names and positions are all starting to blend together. And, with the hiring of Bill Singer as director of professional scouting, Mike Rizzo has now hired everybody he ever worked with in Arizona, with the exception of the parking attendant at Chase field who parked cars at the employee lot.
- Strasburg survived his fourth AFL start without a career ending injury. Sounds like he was pretty good, too.
- *we kid, we kid!