Nationals Notes: Johnson, Riggleman, McLaren

The Nationals named John McLaren as their interim skipper last night, but the former M's skipper was just a temporary hire.  Here's the latest on the Nats as they look for a more permanent solution..

  • It would come as a huge surprise if Davey Johnson was not the Nats manager Monday in Anaheim, Kilgore tweets.
  • ESPN's Buster Olney (via Twitter) talked to a number of GMs, assistant GMs, and scouts over the last 24 hours and every single person said that Jim Riggleman made a major mistake.
  • McLaren will serve as the Nats' interim manager until Sunday, when they wrap up a three game set against the White Sox, tweets Bill Ladson of  McLaren is not a candidate to become the interim manager of the team for the remainder of 2011 (via Twitter).General Manager Mike Rizzo is expected to name another interim manager by Monday.
  • Rizzo said that Davey Johnson is a candidate to become the next manager of the Nationals, Ladson tweets.  Johnson currently serves as a senior adviser for the club.
  • The GM confirmed that he has spoken to Johnson, tweets Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.  He went on to say that he will name a new interim skipper in "days, not weeks".
  • Rizzo believes that Johnson would enjoy the challenge of managing the Nats, otherwise he wouldn't talk about it, Kilgore tweets.  Kilgore adds that there's a great chance that Johnson will be the choice.

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