Bud Black the “preferred choice” at manager for some Nationals executives

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There are four managerial openings right now around Major League Baseball, but none is more attractive than Matt Williams’ former gig in Washington. Which is probably why the Nationals’ search has been so wide-reaching and filled with big names.

Cal Ripken Jr. has been mentioned as a possibility, and Dusty Baker and Ron Gardenhire are expected to interview. Phil Nevin, Alex Cora, and Rick Renteria are some of the other candidates.

But it sounds like former Padres skipper Bud Black is the current frontrunner

There’s an emphasis on experience this time around after the Williams decision went so poorly. Williams had not managed a game at any level of professional baseball when he was hired by the Nats in October 2013.

Black managed the Padres for nine years (2007-2015), going 649-713.