Beltway Baseball: Who should be the Nats' manager?
The Washington Nationals are in the middle of a managerial search, evaluating both internal and external candidates as the MLB playoffs continue on without them. They will likely interview a sizable group over the next few weeks, but a recent report reveals at least one of the names under consideration.
Padres special assistant and former MLB All-Star Brad Ausmus is set to talk with the Nats soon about the opening, this according to FoxSports.com.
Sources: Ausmus on #Nationals’ list of managerial candidates. Either has interviewed or will interview soon.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 16, 2013
Ausmus is considered an up-and-comer in the MLB coaching ranks and has been rumored for other vacancies including the Chicago Cubs job. He played 18 years in the majors for four different clubs and was long revered for his ability to call games. He won three Gold Glove awards as a catcher and played on four playoff teams. He also went to an Ivy League school, having played at Dartmouth in the early 1990s.
Ausmus does not have any major league managing experience, but he was the skipper for the Israel national team in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic. He’s just 44 and could follow in the line of ex-catchers to coach in the majors that includes Mike Matheny and Jim Leyland.
Ausmus can be grouped in the category of external candidates who lack managerial experience at the major league level. Also considered in that group for the Nats are Matt Williams, third base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Cal Ripken, Jr. who has no managerial experience whatsoever.
If hired as a manger, Ausmus would be the fourth youngest in the majors. Only Bo Porter (41), Mike Redmond (42) and Matheny (43) are younger.