There was a surprise addition to the field of candidates for the Washington Nationals' managerial gig on Tuesday, with bow-tied FOXSports.com writer Ken Rosenthal reporting that Arizona Diamondbacks' third base coach Andy Green met with Nats' officials on Tuesday.
Source: #Nationals today concluded interview with #DBacks 3B coach Andy Green for managerial position.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 20, 2015
Former Minnesota Twins' skipper Ron Gardenhire reportedly met with the Nationals as well, joining a list of potential candidates who have reportedly interviewed that also includes Phil Nevin, Bud Black, Dusty Baker and Ron Wotus.
Will Dave Martinez get an interview if/when the Chicago Cubs are eliminated?
Will Alex Cora visit the nation's capital in the near future?
Will Baltimore Orioles' "Iron Man" Cal Ripken get a call from D.C.?
Outside of the manager search update, the biggest Nationals-related news on Tuesday had to do with the new, or soon-to-be-built shared Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida:
FINAL STORY: Race is on for #Astros #Nationals to open by Jan. 2017, just 14 months from now. https://t.co/ewU0E00vcu— joe capozzi (@jcapozzipbpost) October 20, 2015
• "Mark D. Lerner, vice chairman and one of the principal owners of the Nationals, called Tuesday’s approvals 'the final hurdle' in a statement issued through a team spokeswoman..." - "Nationals and Astros expect to begin construction on new spring training facility in ‘next two weeks’" - Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
Mark Lerner issued a statement on the most-recent developments:
Lerner: "Now, we can move forward with construction -- which we expect to begin in the next two weeks." pic.twitter.com/smq5CLtTSC— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 20, 2015
• "The cost of the stadium, based on newly revised estimates, has already gone beyond the $135 million once envisioned. The deal requires the teams to cover the difference." - "County approves financing for $144 million baseball stadium" - Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel
• "Looks like the cost of the spring training complex the Nationals will share with the Astros has gone a little higher than expected." - "Nationals Buzz: Palm Beach County commissioners approve construction bonds for spring training complex" - Pete Kerzel, MASNSports.com
• "Palm Beach County, Fla., will issue up to $133 million of revenue bonds to help finance a new spring training stadium for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals." - "Palm Beach County, Fla., OK s Spring Training Stadium Bonds" - Shelly Sigo, The Bond Buyer
NATS BEAT: Nationals' manager search continues
• "One of Gardenhire's mentors was Davey Johnson, who managed the Nationals from 2011-13." - "Nats to interview Ron Gardenhire Andy Green" - Bill Ladson, MLB.com
[Updated] Sources: #Nationals interviewed #Gardenhire, #Green https://t.co/MlLs1IdvNb #Nats #MLB— William Ladson (@washingnats) October 21, 2015
• "Green, 38, played four seasons in the majors and another in Japan before joining the coaching ranks." - "Report: Nats interviewed D-Backs coach for manager job" - Chase Hughes, CSN Mid-Atlantic
• "The fiery Gardenhire was ejected 72 times during this managerial career with the Twins. He was beloved by his players and parted ways amicably with the Twins." - "Nationals Pastime: Ron Gardenhire reportedly next to interview with Nats for managerial opening" - Chris Johnson, MASNSports.com
Nats indeed also interviewed Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green today. @Ken_Rosenthal first mentioned.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) October 20, 2015
• "Gardenhire fits the profile of the type of manager the Nationals have been targeting." - "Nationals interview Ron Wotus; Ron Gardenhire expected Tuesday" - James Wagner, The Washington Post
• "An offseason of familiar faces saying goodbye kicked off Oct. 5, when Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo fired manager Matt Williams after two seasons." - "Nationals Enter An Offseason Of Change" - David Driver, PressboxDC
• AFL Update: Surprise 3; Salt River 1 - Drew Ward 1 for 2, 2B, BB; Dakota Bacus - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K - Box Score
NATIONAL(S) BEAT: That time Dusty and Jimi met in San Francisco
• "After his first stint in the bigs, Baker writes, he ran into Jimi Hendrix on the streets of San Francisco one night and, having abandoned the 'no grass' rule, smoked a joint with him." - "Dusty and Jimi" - Charles Bethea, The New Yorker
From @JonHeymanCBS' latest "Inside Baseball" column: https://t.co/ketU1rL3GX pic.twitter.com/QKffHBFLyI— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) October 20, 2015
• "Keith Hernandez... on the Washington Nationals’ disappointing season: "Something rotten in Denmark." - "The best of the Mets’ Keith Hernandez" - Kate Feldman, NY Daily News
2015 Draft Report Card: Nationals https://t.co/2aWjSkmVOF— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) October 20, 2015
NL EAST UPDATES: Mattingly in LA; Braves' future; Mets in the NLCS; Phillies' outrights
• Phillies: "Finally, we can talk about Domonic Brown. His tumultuous time with the Phillies has finally reached an end." - "The Phillies Outright Four More Players" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley
The #Phillies have outrighted four players off their 40-man roster: OF's Brian Bogusevic, Domonic Brown and Kelly Dugan and C Tommy Joseph.— Phillies (@Phillies) October 19, 2015
• Mets: "Yoenis Cespedes did not hit a home run for the Mets in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday night -- that is what they have Daniel Murphy in the lineup for!" - "Yoenis Cespedes gets three hits and a key steal of third base" - Neil Best, Newsday
#DavidWright says Daniel Murphy has been ridiculous. #MetsWIN #Mets #LGM pic.twitter.com/nIHYwMnPYd— New York Mets (@Mets) October 21, 2015
• Braves: "When Hart and Coppolella began their massive reconstruction process last year, they had limited financial flexibility and a weak Minor League system." - "Braves evaluating needs for Hot Stove season" - Mark Bowman, braves.com
• Marlins: "The Miami Marlins are interested in Mattingly, according to a person familiar with their managerial search." - "Why Dodgers' choice on Don Mattingly is not simply 'keep him' or 'fire him'" - Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times