Three years ago, Drew Storen was the confident, young closer for the Washington Nationals, a first-round draft pick who saved 43 games.
Mike Rizzo offered an update on the “scraped” knee Denard Span sustained in the Nationals 4-2 victory over the Mets on Tuesday, which manager Matt Williams has said will keep him out of Wednesday’s game.
GM Mike Rizzo says he and Matt Williams have spoken with Bryce Harper about his comments Monday which seemed to challenge the manager’s lineup decision, saying the “message was delivered and received.”
Two years ago, Matt Williams had a fortuitous conversation with Mike Rizzo, in which he inquired about what it would take to become an MLB manager. He talked about that conversation, and how it led him to the Nationals gig, in an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny.
Mike Rizzo delivered a fitting tribute to Davey Johnson prior to his final regular season home game as manager of the Nats. Listen to that tribute here and try not to weep.
The Washington Nationals honored Davey Johnson on Sunday, paying tribute to the retiring 70-year-old manager who last season guided the team to its only playoff appearance.
The Washington Nationals have extended GM Mike Rizzo to a long-term contract, and promoted him to President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, according to a press release issued by the organization Thursday night.
Fireworks erupted through the media following the Mike Rizzo’s decision to demote Drew Storen last Friday, including Tyler Clippard accusing the team of handling the situation poorly. Well, Rizzo responded on Wednesday, saying the team “handled it perfectly.”
Whatever changes the Washington Nationals makes over the remainder of the 2013 season, removing manager Davey Johnson from his post will not be one of them.
Mike Rizzo took action by firing Rick Eckstein, in an attempt to bring a “new voice” to the Nats’ locker room; a move he says he’d been mulling over since June. He also maintains there’s no one on the trade market who can make the Nats better, so expect them to be silent at the deadline.