MLB: Davey Johnson to Manage Nationals, Rays Shields Perfect

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Davey Johnson to Manage Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 in 14 innings on Friday night under interim manager John McLaren however the temporary skipper wasn’t around to see the win as he was tossed for arguing in the 8th. McLaren is expected to manage the team again on Saturday. The win was Washington’s 12th win in their last 13 games and put the surging Nationals two games above .500 at 39-37.

The Nationals expect to name Davey Johnson their next manager within the next 24-48 hours, a hiring that would conclude one of the more bizarre midseason managerial moves in baseball history with one of this generation’s most proficient managers taking the helm. You can hear Jim Riggleman explain why he left the Nationals at the altar in his own words here. 

Johnson is 68-years old and reports are that while the two parties were still working out some final details late last night, the two sides had agreed in principle. Johnson most likely will take over Monday, when the Nationals begin a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.

Johnson is already familiar with the Nationals organization as he is currently a Nationals senior adviser. Johnson last managed in 2000, when he led the Dodgers to an 86-76 record, has taken three teams to the playoffs including winning the 1986 World Series with the New York Mets and was also the 1997 American League manager of the year. He has compiled a 1,148-888 record in 14 seasons.

How cool would it be if Davey brought in Lenny Dysktra to coach third base, Doc Gooden in to be the pitching coach and Wally Backman to coach first. I can see it now, road trips consisting of stealing items from hotels, snorting crack and beating women.

James Shields Tosses Third Consecutive Complete Game

I sure hope you’ve been wagering along with our Sports Wagering Maharishi and betting on James Shields and the Tampa Bay Rays. For those of you thinking that Jake Ciely’s man crush on the Shields has been a bit over the top, perhaps you may want to rethink your relationship status as well. The guy has been money in the bank.

Shields tossed his third consecutive complete game, dominating the Astros on Friday and leading the Rays to a 5-1 win. Shields allowed only three hits and one walk striking out nine on the night and tossed his sixth complete game in16 starts this year. Putting Shields’ year into perspective, consider the fact that Roy Halladay is pitching in the National League and has four complete games and Shields has six pitching in the American League.

Chien-Ming Wang!!!

Now there’s a guy we haven’t heard from in quite some time. Wang will begin a rehab assignment for the Washington Nationals Monday with Class A Hagerstown.

The back to back 19 game winner in 2006-07 for the Yankees is now 31-years old and has not made a start at any level since July 4, 2009 with the Yankees as shoulder woes have derailed his career. Maybe he just didn’t like Jim Riggleman?

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