Davey Johnson would probably complain that you're thinking too far into the future if you asked him about it now and politely remind you that he's under contract as a consultant next year regardless, so there's no reason to talk about this with games remaining on the schedule, but D.C. GM Mike Rizzo told MLB.com's Bill Ladson yesterday he wanted the Nats' 69-year-old skipper back in 2013 and Washington Post writer Barry Svrluga wrote the same in an article this morning after talking to both Rizzo and Johnson recently. When the Nationals announced that Johnson would return for the 2012 season, the Nats' GM told reporters it wasn't a coincidence that Johnson was around when needed after Jim Riggleman's abrupt resignation.
"It's no coincidence that the day I became the interim general manager Davey became special assistant to the general manager on a full-time basis," Rizzo said, "He was a resource for me through all the early times and the early decisions we made and he was a comfortable guy to have in Spring Training to bounce things off of and he was the easy choice for me when we had to make a change at the major league level."
When Rizzo spoke to MLB.com's Bill Ladson on Tuesday he told the Nats beat writer there was no question that he wanted Johnson to return for 2013. "'I do want him back to manage next year,'" Rizzo stated clearly, "'We've had initial discussions. We both feel comfortable where we are at in that process.'" The Washington Post's Mr. Svrluga too wrote this morning that the GM and manager have spoken and, "Neither seem concerned that the talks will result in anything other than a new deal for the 69-year-old manager," and the WaPost writer quoted Rizzo saying, "'I want him in that chair next year. I’ve asked him to be in the chair next year.'"
But first the Nats have to clinch the division. That's Johnson's goal now as it's been from the start. A pennant. The Nationals have all winter to talk to Johnson about 2013. They have eight games to lock the NL East up. Until they do, you're stuck with links and lots of them, (including one where Davey takes a shot at the #Barves) starting... RIGHT NOW!!!!
• THE BIG STORY!!!:
• "The quote that could make national headlines comes when [Tom] Verducci asks [Davey] Johnson if the Nats could have handled Strasburg the way the Braves handled Kris Medlen." - "Sports Illustrated’s D.C.-Baltimore issue" - Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post
• NATS BEAT:
• "The Nationals play all nine of their remaining games against teams that, as of this moment, are still in the hunt for a playoff spot." - "Davey Johnson is planning for the playoffs, and that includes resting regulars" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times
• "The Nationals have watched the Phillies celebrate in person three times in the last five years." - "Nationals Pastime: Detwiler on his performance: 'It was embarrassing'" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com
• "Combine this 6-3 loss with the Braves' simultaneous walk-off, 4-3 victory over the Marlins and suddenly the Nationals' path to the NL East crown looks a bit bumpier." - "Nats still feel no love in Philly" - Mark Zuckerman, CSNWashington.com
• "The 2012 club has compiled some impressive numbers, but here's one that doesn't make it into the box score: seven players plan to get married in the off-season." - "Wedding bells are going to chime for Nats players" - Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP.com
• "The Nationals have the opportunity to work toward a pair of goals when they face the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - September 26, 2012" - Andrew Simon, MLB.com Preview
• "We don’t need to discuss the Nationals’ doom scenarios, not just yet, not after their 6-3 loss to the Phillies last night. The Nationals still lead the NL East by four games with eight to play." - "The Nationals still don’t need to panic about the National League East" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post
• "In order to come up big again Wednesday, [John] Lannan will need to overcome another one: The Phillies." - "The Nationals turn to John Lannan for a big start ... again" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times
• "The Nationals' magic number for winning the first division title in franchise history remained at five because Atlanta beat Miami 4-3." - "Nationals' NL East lead down to four after loss to Phillies" - Rob Maaddi, AP/WashingtonExaminer.com
• "The Nats don't have reason to panic yet, but things still aren't comfortable atop the National League East." - "Nationals' Path to the Postseason: Sept. 26, 2012" - Joey Nowak, nationals.com: News
• "It's not likely that the Braves scoot in ahead of the Nats and win the division. It's also certainly not impossible." - "Nationals Pastime: Staying cool as the division race heats up" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com
• "What to make of Detwiler's start? He was dominant early, awful for a stretch in the middle and then dominant again to end his night." - "Instant analysis: Phillies 6, Nats 3" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com
• "Empty seats dot Citizens Bank Park these days. Players with unfamiliar names fill the Phillies’ pinstriped uniforms. The crown has fallen off their head and shattered into a thousand pieces." - "Nationals vs. Phillies: Philadelphia gets to Ross Detwiler, helps keep Washington’s magic number at 5" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
• "'It could’ve been a big step,' said left-hander Ross Detwiler, the victim of two of those homers during a miserable stretch of eight batters that defined his night." - "Nationals can't dig out of early hole in 6-3 loss to Phillies" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times
• "Nothing's a given, of course. In baseball, more than any other major sport, the best-laid plans can quickly go awry." - "Matthew Leach: Well-rounded Nationals built to win in postseason" - Matthew Leach, nationals.com: News
• "The Nats aren't panicking yet. They would've liked to keep pace with Atlanta today and cut into their magic number by at least one..." - "Nationals Pastime: Johnson discusses Nats' 6-3 loss" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com
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• "Tyler Clippard knew something was amiss. That something was different." - "Clippard working to regain form in Nationals' bullpen" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times
• "Washington dropped its record to 93-61 and is four games ahead of the Braves, who edged the Marlins, 4-3, on a walk-off homer by Freddie Freeman." - "Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies - September 25, 2012" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com WSH Recap
• "Make no mistake, though, there's only one person who will decide whether [Davey] Johnson returns as manager next season: Johnson." - "On Johnson's future" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com
• "Manager Davey Johnson said Monday he would consider Christian Garcia as a starter next season." - "Perry and Garcia candidates to start in 2013" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com
• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama): "The very purpose of spirituality is self-discipline. Rather than criticizing others, we should evaluate and criticize ourselves."
• "The transit agency requires a $29,500 deposit to operate the system for an extra hour for late games and special events, such as Sunday and Monday's Madonna concerts." - "Determining the actual cost of extra Metro service post-Nats games" - Kytja Weir, WashingtonExaminer.com
• "The first thing I wanted to do when I heard the Nationals had clinched their first playoff berth was call my dad. I was standing at a bus stop in Arlington with Twitter feeding me a constant live stream of updates ..." - "Playoff baseball is a bonding experience unlike any other" - Nationals Buzz: Rachel Levitin, MASNSports.com
• "I think in my next life my job title will be 'really good buddy of Bud Selig.' That way I can be assured of running one baseball franchise into the ground (Expos)..." - "Jeffrey Loria; Worst owner in sports?" - Todd Boss, Nationals Arm Race
• "Wearing the right uniform can make all of the difference.Way back in 1915 the Washington Times posted a cartoon that claimed uniforms play a prominent part in winning championships." - "Do the Nats have the right uniforms for a championship?" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History
• "And so, while the Nationals mostly downplayed their clinch of a playoff berth last week, the Braves celebrated theirs last night like they just won the World Series." - "Video: Braves celebrate playoff clinch like they just won the World Series" - Nats Enquirer
• "The Nats had eight hits total, but five came from [Kurt] Suzuki (3) and [Bryce] Harper. The Nats didn’t get a single extra-base hit all night..." - "Washington Nationals Game 154 Review: Nats dig early hole, can’t climb out in 6-3 loss to Phils" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page
• "The Nationals social media team introduced the #Teddyin2012 hashtag, implying that they somehow want to see Teddy win..." - "Nationals announce Teddy giveaways for final homestand" - Presidents Race Fan, Let Teddy Win!
• "So yesterday I mentioned that Davey [Johnson] had pitched guys on short rest in the playoffs several times. Upon further review he did it a lot actually..." - "Davey and the 3-man rotation" - Harper, Nationals Baseball
• NL EAST UPDATES:
• Mets: "As David Wright considers what could be his final two games at Citi Field in a Mets uniform, he does so as the franchise’s career co-leader in hits." - "David Wright says he’s aware his days with New York Mets could be numbered after tying Ed Kranepool on the team’s all-time hit list." - Mike Puma, NYPOST.com
• Braves: "The Atlanta Braves are headed to the playoffs in Chipper Jones' final season, thanks to a game-ending home run by Freddie Freeman on Tuesday night (and all that came before it)." -"The Juice: Freddie Freeman’s homer clinches Braves playoff spot, Anibal Sanchez pitches Tigers into first-place tie" - David Brown, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
• Phillies: "But allow me to depart from that for a moment, because Lee is accomplishing something that’s rarely seen: He’s been a dominant pitcher without earning many wins this year." - "Cliff Lee Stands Alone" - Michael Barr, FanGraphs Baseball
• Marlins: "Indications are that Bobby Valentine will be fired by the Red Sox at season's end, not a year into his two-year contract. There's a drumbeat of the same for [Ozzie] Guillen in Miami..." - "Has Ozzie Guillen painted Marlins into corner?" - Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports