List of Washington Nationals managers

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Matt Williams, the current manager of the Washington Nationals, as the third base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Washington Nationals are an American professional baseball franchise based in Washington, D.C. They are members of the National League (NL) East Division in Major League Baseball (MLB). The team began playing in 1969 as an expansion team in Montreal, Quebec, then known as the Montreal Expos. There have been 16 different managers in their franchise's history. In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager (or more formally, the field manager). The Nationals are the only NL team to have never been in a World Series.[1][2] The team has played their home games at the Nationals Park since 2008.[3] The Nationals are owned by Ted Lerner, with Mike Rizzo as their general manager.[4]

The Expos' first manager was Gene Mauch, who managed for six seasons.[5] Felipe Alou is the franchise's all-time leader in regular season games managed (1,408) and regular season game wins (691). Jim Fanning is the only Expos manager to have gone into the post-season. Buck Rodgers and Alou are the only managers to have won the NL Manager of the Year Award with the Expos, in 1987 and 1994 respectively.[6] Karl Kuehl, Jim Fanning, and Tom Runnells have all spent their entire MLB managing careers with the Expos/Nationals.[7][8][9] After Manny Acta was fired during the 2009 season, Jim Riggleman, the bench coach, was named interim manager to replace him, and was promoted to the position full-time for the 2010 season.[10] After Riggleman resigned during the 2011 season, the team hired veteran manager Davey Johnson, who had previously served as an advisor to Rizzo. Johnson led the team to the 2012 National League East title and the franchise's first playoff berth since moving to Washington.

The team's current manager is former Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams, who replaced Johnson after his retirement following the 2013 season.[11][12]


Key[edit]

# Number of managers[a]
GM Regular season games managed
W Regular season wins
L Regular season losses
Win% Winning percentage
PGM Playoff games managed
PW Playoff wins
PL Playoff losses
* Spent entire MLB managing career with the Expos/Nationals

Managers[edit]

Manny Acta was the manager of the Nationals from 2007 to 2009.
Felipe Alou (right), shown with the San Francisco Giants, managed ten seasons with the Expos.
Jim Riggleman was named the interim manager of the Nationals in 2009, and took over the position on a permanent basis before the 2010 season.
Davey Johnson managed the Nationals from 2011 to 2013.

Note: Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.

# Name Term GM W L Win% PGM PW PL Achievements Reference
1 Mauch, GeneGene Mauch 19691975 1126 499 627 .443 [5]
2 Kuehl, KarlKarl Kuehl* 1976 128 43 85 .336 [7]
3 Fox, CharlieCharlie Fox 1976 34 12 22 .353 [13]
4 Williams, DickDick Williams 19771981 727 380 347 .523 [14]
5 Fanning, JimJim Fanning* 19811982 189 102 87 .540 10 5 5 [8][15]
6 Virdon, BillBill Virdon 19831984 293 146 147 .497 [16]
Fanning, JimJim Fanning* 1984 30 14 16 .467 [8]
7 Rodgers, BuckBuck Rodgers 19851991 1019 520 499 .510 1987 NL Manager of the Year[6] [17]
8 Runnells, TomTom Runnells* 19911992 149 68 81 .456 [9]
9 Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 19922001 1408 691 717 .491 1994 NL Manager of the Year[6] [18]
10 Torborg, JeffJeff Torborg 2001 109 47 62 .431 [19]
11 Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson[b] 20022006 810 385 425 .475 [20]
12 Acta, MannyManny Acta 20072009 410 158 252 .385 [21]
13 Riggleman, JimJim Riggleman 20092011 312 140 172 .449 [22]
14 McLaren, JohnJohn McLaren 2011 3 2 1 .667 [23]
15 Johnson, DaveyDavey Johnson 20112013 407 224 183 .550 5 2 3 2012 NL Manager of the Year[6] [24]
16 Williams, MattMatt Williams 2014–present 0 0 0 .000 [25]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of managers of the Expos/Nationals. Thus, any manager who has two or more separate terms as a manager is only counted once.
  • b Frank Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 as a player, but was never inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager.[20]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Team-by-Team Information". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  2. ^ "World Series History: NL Club Summaries". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  3. ^ "Nationals Park". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  4. ^ "Nationals Franchise History". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Gene Mauch Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Manager of the Year Award Winners". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  7. ^ a b "Karl Kuehl Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  8. ^ a b c "Jim Fanning Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  9. ^ a b "Tom Runnells Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  10. ^ "Nationals sticking with Riggleman". Sports Illustrated. Associate Press. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-12. [dead link]
  11. ^ Comak, Amanda. "Nationals Name Matt Williams Manager". Curly W Live. MLBlogs Network. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ Wagner, James (November 1, 2013). "Matt Williams introduced as Nationals manager". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Charlie Fox Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  14. ^ "Dick Williams Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  15. ^ "1981 Montreal Expos". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  16. ^ "Bill Virdon Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  17. ^ "Buck Rodgers Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  18. ^ "Felipe Alou Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  19. ^ "Jeff Torborg Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  20. ^ a b "Frank Robinson Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  21. ^ "Manny Acta Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  22. ^ "Jim Riggleman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  23. ^ "John McLaren Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  24. ^ "Davey Johnson Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  25. ^ "Matt Williams Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2014-04-04.