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Washington Nationals' manager search: Ron Gardenhire, Andy Green reportedly interview

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There were multiple reports that former Twins' skipper Ron Gardenhire was interviewing with the Washington Nationals today as they search for a new manager, but the Nats also reportedly met with Arizona Diamondbacks' third base coach Andy Green.

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Andy Green, 38, was a 24th Round pick in the 2000 Draft who debuted with the Arizona Diamondbacks who drafted him in 2004 and played three seasons with the D-Backs (2004-2006) and four games with the New York Mets in 2009 before he retired after playing at Triple-A in the Mets' system in 2010.

Green put up a 200/.282/.265 line with seven doubles and two home runs in 265 major league plate appearances, then began managing in the D-Backs' system in 2011.

From 2011-2014, Green was a manager for the Diamondbacks' minor league affiliates, earning the Southern League's Manager of the Year award in 2013 and 2014 after working his way up from Rookie ball to Arizona's Double-A affiliate, the Mobile BayBears.

In 2015, after compiling a 219-189 record as a manager, and spending time with the Diamondbacks late in the 2014 campaign, Green joined the D-Backs' staff as their third base coach.

This afternoon, according to a report by FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, Green interviewed with the Washington Nationals, who are in the process or replacing Matt Williams, the man Green replaced as the D-Backs' third base coach after Williams got the job on the Nats' bench in 2014.

Williams joined the Nationals as their sixth manager and took them to the postseason where the lost in the NLDS, and he earned recognition as the 2014 NL Manager of the Year, but was relieved of his duties after a disappointing 2015 campaign in the nation's capital.

Nationals' General Manager Mike Rizzo, who joined the Diamondbacks' organization in 1998 and was the Scouting Director in Arizona from 2000-2006 before he left for Washington, told reporters after announcing Williams' dismissal that there would be a thorough search for the Nats' next skipper.

"We’re gonna bring in a group of people with diverse backgrounds, diverse experiences, and diverse skill sets," Rizzo told reporters.

"I think that’s something that we did not do last time. Last time, we brought in managing candidates with little or no managerial experience. I think that we’ll have a greater pool of manager candidates this year, stemming from very experienced to limited experience and really go through a process that gets to know the manager personally first, and then professionally and what he does on the field."

According to multiple reports, the Nationals have already interviewed Phil Nevin, another D-Backs' minor league manager, former San Diego Padres' skipper Bud Black, former San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds' skipper Dusty Baker, Giants' bench coach Ron Wotus, former Minnesota Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire today and now Green.

Alex Cora and current Cubs' bench coach Dave Martinez have been mentioned as potential targets as well... and Cal Ripken is reportedly willing to listen if the Nationals call.