Washington Nationals News: Nats continue managerial search, interview Phil Nevin


Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s district Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s James Wagner gives us an update on the Nationals’ ongoing managerial search. As Wagner writes, the Nationals are already considering several names and have interviewed one candidate—Phil Nevin.

Nevin, a Triple-A manager in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization, has never managed above the Triple-A level but has seen success managing in the minors. As Wagner notes, the 44-year-old former infielder has reportedly drawn interest from the Mariners and Padres as well.

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Wagner says the Nationals are also interested in former Padres manager Bud Black and longtime Giants bench coach Ron Wotus.

Interestingly, the team also appears to be interested in former big leaguer Alex Cora. The 39-year-old Cora, who has been working as an analyst for ESPN, spent the last season of his big league career with the Nationals.

Also in today’s Daily, MLB.coms Bill Ladson discusses how experience will be a priority for the Nationals in their managerial search. While the names of several potential candidates have already surfaced, the team is likely far from finished and the candidate list will continue to grow in the coming weeks.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Nationals have interest in Bud Black and Ron Wotus; Phil Nevin interviews

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

The Nationals have interest in former Padres manager Bud Black and Giants longtime bench coach Ron Wotus for their managerial vacancy, according to people familiar with the situation. Also, the team recently interviewed Phil Nevin, the Diamondbacks’ Class AAA manager, the first known interview for their managerial vacancy.

Black, 58, has emerged as a strong candidate for the Nationals job based on his experience (eight and a half seasons as the Padres manager) and qualities (easy-going personality, good communication skills, former pitcher and pitching coach). He posted a 649-713 record in San Diego, never reached the playoffs but won the NL Manager of the Year award in 2010. Read full article here.

Rizzo prioritizing experience as manager interviews begin

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals plan to start interviewing candidates for their managerial opening this week, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

The job became available after general manager Mike Rizzo relieved Matt Williams of his duties last week. Rizzo said that in looking for the Nationals’ sixth full-time manager, he is seeking someone with experience.

“As we go through the laundry list of things that we look for in our manager and the perfect leader of the ballclub on the field, leadership qualities, knowledge of the game, X’s and O’s, are all important,” Rizzo said. Read full article here.

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