On Saturday evening, I told everyone to stick a fork in the Washington Nationals. I knew that someone had to be held responsible for how disappointing the Nationals have been this season, but the Nationals don’t have the luxury of firing their manager Davey Johnson. He’s in his last season, he’s regarded as a legend in the game; he’s going out on his own terms.
But someone, someone had to be fired for this. You can’t fire the players, and no one wants Adam LaRoche. Today, the Nationals fired their hitting coach Rick Eckstein.
The most interesting nugget in the read is that Davey Johnson asked General Manager Mike Rizzo to fire him instead.
Johnson had been a staunch supporter of Eckstein, who had been the Nationals coach since 2009. “If you want to fire the hitting coach, you might as well fire me right with him,” Johnson said in mind-June. Even Saturday night, Johnson called Eckstein “the best hitting instructor” he had ever worked with.
Unfortunately for Johnson, the data does not...