It's not even June yet, but apparently it's not too early to begin speculating about Davey Johnson's successor. World Series or Bust!
And so, with Don Mattingly on the hot seat in LA, CBS Sports' Danny Knobler did just that in a column on Thursday, speculating that if Mattingly gets fired, he could be on Mike Rizzo's radar as Davey's eventual replacement. Then again, if your name isn't Jim Riggleman, you might as well consider yourself to be on Mike Rizzo's radar for 2014. Via CBSSports.com:
"People who know Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo say Rizzo is and has always been a Mattingly fan. The Nationals considered Mattingly as manager once before, according to sources, although they never officially interviewed him for the job at that point....
Eventually, though, they will need someone to take over for Johnson, who has said that this will be his final year as manager. Both ownership and the front office are believed to strongly favor hiring a high-profile manager, rather than simply promote someone like Randy Knorr or Trent Jewett from Johnson's coaching staff."
Back in 2009 Mattingly turned down an opportunity to interview with the Nats. Different job back then, of course.
Also, it's not even June yet. World Series or Bust, right Davey?
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