The Angels have interviewed Padres hitting coach Johnny Washington for their open managerial position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report. Washington’s one of four known candidates to interview for the job, joining Joe Maddon, Buck Showalter and John Farrell. It appears Washington, Showalter and Farrell will have to look elsewhere, though, as Miller writes Maddon is “all but officially” locked in as the Angels’ next manager.
Washington’s the sole member of the above quartet who has never managed in the majors. A minor league infielder with the Rangers and Dodgers from 2003-09, Washington has garnered quite a bit of experience as an assistant since his playing career ended. Washington was a coach in the Dodgers’ minor league system from 2009-15 before joining the Padres, with whom he got his first big league job as a first base coach in 2017. He began working with their batters (as an assistant hitting coach) the next season.
While Washington may one day prove to be a quality MLB manager, it’s hard to compete with Maddon right now. To many, the 65-year-old Maddon has been a shoo-in to end up with the Angels since the club fired Brad Ausmus on Sept. 30. The Angels’ high level of interest in Maddon is understandable, as he spent three decades with the organization in a variety of roles (including interim manager) before enjoying an eminently successful run as a full-time skipper from 2006-19. Atop the Rays and Cubs during that span, Maddon combined for 1,225 regular-season wins, eight playoff berths, two pennants and a World Series title.
we all knew this
Johhny Washington being interviewed is new news.
Talk about stacking the competition in Joe’s favor. Bonus points for bringing in a minority to interview.
RayRayner? I used to watch him as a kid before school. That’s random.
MLB requires teams to interview minorities or they get fined and penalized including forfeiture of draft picks etc..
That’s fine. I knew it was a problem a while back. Didn’t remember the penalties being put into effect.
Um, no. Washington managed the Rangers from from 2007- 2014 and took the Rangers to the World Series twice. Oopsy.
Ron. Not Johnny. Unless this was sarcasm.
The Padres should be looking at Johnny instead of Ron. He’s only 35 but but has been coaching for 10 years.
Good idea. The Padres are about to promote a lot of young talent. Johnny seems both young for a manager and experienced at coaching.
And as hitting coach, he was in charge of one of the worst hitting teams in baseball. Guys who can’t stop striking out. Based solely on the performance of his job the past 2 years, he should be unemployed and not getting interviews to manage. Diversity Inc. in action.
Several positions are open beyond manager. It never hurts to get acquainted with talent. He might fit another position.
Been wondering who was going to be the token interview.
Considering the number of non whites (what the convoluted minorities term means) both playing and in front office and managerial positions, you can’t really call any interview a token interview these days. Despite what they tell you on cnn…
Whites are a minority in LA County.
What’s your point? The Angels do not play in LA County.
What’s your point? The Angels actually play in Orange County.
Just make it official already! Ffs
Maddon has a couple of teams he’d like to hear from. Phillies Padres, maybe others? There’s a lot of money to be made out there and if the angels Don’t Pony up they won’t get their man.
No sense in taking the first job offered when there’s other people knocking on the door for you.
Your opinion or fan speculation? I haven’t read of him interviewing with Philly or SD or of those teams requesting he interview.
The Angels will pay Maddon’s rate which is probably $5-6m/yr at 4-5 years. 4/$24 or 5/$30 is my guess.
This is the conjecture comment board. Everyone talks as though they are sitting in the meetings and have first hand knowledge. Based on the facts known to the fans, Maddon is probably the Angels next manager but anything can happen behind closed doors. I haven’t read anything about Maddon interviewing anywhere else. It would probably be reported if he had.
It’s both.., my opinion and fan speculation. I think it would have been done by now if what I said was not true. Can you explain the delay or why this is taking so long? I’m just giving my guess.
Yes. All I’m saying is that Madden “would like to hear” from some other teams so he can at least have a couple of options to choose from or increase his salary a little due to other’s interest.
“Madden” is a NFL Hall-of-Fame Coach. Joe “Maddon” is an out of work MLB manager.
Sorry I spelled it wrong. Wasn’t sure. Sounds the same voice to text so that’s how it came out.
I had it correct on my first post. Thanks for pointing out my mistake.
I haven’t heard of a single other team showing interest. He should sign while there is a chance to.
If I am Maddon, I take the deal with the Padres…
Loaded with young talent, # 1 farm system..
Manny, Tatis Jr,Urias..
A big pipeline of top rated young starters,
always a good bullpen etc..
The bullpen (other than Yates) was garbage this year. The other benefit would be that nobody cares about the Padres and expects them to stink, as they have in about 2/3 of their existence. But I wouldn’t bet on all of Preller’s talent to pan out…he’s better at finding toolsy kids than finding people who can develop them.
Padres gave so much talent stacked up in the minors, that a certain percentage of them will work out.
Angels have huge holes in their bullpen and rotation that are not easily fixed.
The Washington interview was only done to stay true with what amounts to the version of the NFL’s Rooney rule.
MLB put in place the Jackie Robinson rule just before the 50yr celebration of Jackie breaking the color barrier.
Maddon is a better fit in Philadelphia. Showalter fits in San Diego.
you fit well in a tiniest bikini!
Mr. Dangler – Why?
We all know Maddon is going to manage Anaheim
The Anngels actually play in Anaheim!
They dont play in Los Angeles.
Farrel done as manager….Farrell done on Lobster boat…Farrell has to look elsewhere….hmmm what’s wrong here?
Great first step this off season.
Signing Maddon hopefully helps us in the pursuit for a new rotation. Maybe guys will take a little less money to play for trout and Maddon in the beach cities.
Uh, … it’s about the money. Money makes the world go around, ….
No star player will be giving discounts to play in Anaheim even if they are from there.
Gerrit Cole won’t be giving big discounts you can bank on that…and he is from Orange County.
I think Maddon just wants to come to Seattle four times a year (or whatever) without having to actually manage the Mariners.
Very Surprised that Maddon has not yet interviewed with the Padres.
Padres are ready for “breakout” season
Manny Machado, Tatis Jr, Urias and a ton of top rated pitching, stacked with young talent with #1 farm system
Padres are like the Rays and Cubs before their breakouts…
Angels have crap starters and pitching staff…
Angels have bigger hill to climb to playoffs than Padres.
“Madden” is a Hall-of-Fame Coach. Joe “Maddon” is an out of work MLB manager.
You know what he/she means
It’s maddening isn’t it?
You know what he/she means