Report: Davey Johnson to be named Nationals manager

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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.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.