Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of this season and 2012, ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports.
It’ll be the first managerial gig for the 68-year-old Johnson since his two-year stint with the Dodgers ended in 2000. The one-time World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 has a career 1,148-888 record in 14 seasons as a manager.
It lopoks like a great hire for the Nationals if Johnson truly has the desire to manage again. He’s indicated in the past that he didn’t. At least when it comes to in-game tactics, Johnson should run circles around Jim Riggleman, who was one of the game’s weakest managers in that regard. The Nationals will probably try to decide on a manager of the future this winter to add as a bench coach for 2012 and then step in for Johnson the following season.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.