Now that the shock waves have subsided after last week’s sudden resignation from Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, it’s time to move on and focus on the future of the ball club.
No question, Riggleman stepping down caught everyone off guard and I still wonder if maybe he regrets taking such a stand. I have no idea, only he knows the answer to that question. One thing I do know and firmly believe is that vice president and general manager Mike Rizzo was fortunate to have Davey Johnson as his special assistant and able to convince Johnson to put the uniform back on after an 11-year absence from managing a big league club.
Davey will be terrific! A no-nonsense guy and, in the words of my partner Ray Knight, Davey is a players’ manager. He will demand performance and execution from every member of the club. He does have patience, but that can go only so far.
The thing I like about Johnson is his upbeat, confident nature. He believes in his players and expects to win every night the Nats step bertwen the lines. Call it old-school if you like, but one thing you can never question is his record as a manager. Just ask the Orioles, Reds, Mets and Dodgers.
One he gets familiar with the personnel, look out. He’s a winner, a motivator, and a good guy!.
See you at the park.