List of Washington Nationals managers

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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 18 different managers in the franchise's history. The team has played its home games at the Nationals Park since 2008.[1] The Nationals are owned by Ted Lerner, with Mike Rizzo as their general manager.[2]

The Expos' first manager was Gene Mauch, who managed for six seasons.[3] 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.[4] Karl Kuehl, Jim Fanning, and Tom Runnells have all spent their entire MLB managing careers with the Expos/Nationals.[5][6][7] 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.[8] After Riggleman resigned during the 2011 season and John McLaren ran the team for three games as an interim manager, 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 and was 2012's NL Manager of the Year, but the team did not advance past the 2012 National League Division Series. Johnson retired after the 2013 season. Matt Williams took over in 2014, leading the team to another National League East title that season, and was 2014 NL Manager of the Year, but the team did not advance past the 2014 NLDS, and Williams was fired after an unsuccessful second year in 2015. Dusty Baker managed the team in 2016 and 2017, leading it to consecutive National League East titles, but the team did not advance beyond the NLDS in either season and Baker's contract was not renewed after the 2017 season. The Nationals hired Dave Martinez in October 2017 to take the helm in 2018

Key

# 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

Notes: Managers from 1969 through 2004 are of the Montreal Expos; those from 2005 to the present are of the Washington Nationals. Statistics are correct as of the end of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.

# Name Term GM W L Win% PGM PW PL Achievements Reference
1 Mauch, GeneGene Mauch 19691975 1126 499 627 .443 [3]
2 Kuehl, KarlKarl Kuehl* 1976 128 43 85 .336 [5]
3 Fox, CharlieCharlie Fox 1976 34 12 22 .353 [9]
4 Williams, DickDick Williams 19771981 727 380 347 .523 [10]
5 Fanning, JimJim Fanning* 19811982 189 102 87 .540 10 5 5 Won 1981 NLDS, only postseason series win in franchise history [6][11]
6 Virdon, BillBill Virdon 19831984 293 146 147 .497 [12]
Fanning, JimJim Fanning* 1984 30 14 16 .467 [6]
7 Rodgers, BuckBuck Rodgers 19851991 1019 520 499 .510 1987 NL Manager of the Year[4] [13]
8 Runnells, TomTom Runnells* 19911992 149 68 81 .456 [7]
9 Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 19922001 1408 691 717 .491 1994 NL Manager of the Year[4] [14]
10 Torborg, JeffJeff Torborg 2001 109 47 62 .431 [15]
11 Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson[b] 20022006 810 385 425 .475 [16]
12 Acta, MannyManny Acta 20072009 410 158 252 .385 [17]
13 Riggleman, JimJim Riggleman 20092011 312 140 172 .449 [18]
14 McLaren, JohnJohn McLaren 2011 3 2 1 .667 [19]
15 Johnson, DaveyDavey Johnson 20112013 407 224 183 .550 5 2 3 Won NL East 2012; 2012 NL Manager of the Year[4] [20]
16 Williams, MattMatt Williams 20142015 324 179 145 .552 4 1 3 Won NL East 2014; 2014 NL Manager of the Year[4] [21]
17 Baker, DustyDusty Baker 20162017 324 192 132 .593 10 4 6 Won NL East 2016, 2017 [22]
18 Martinez, DaveDave Martinez 2018–present                 [23]

Notes

  • 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.[16]

References

General
  • "Franchise Managers". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  • "Washington Nationals year-by-year results". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Nationals Park". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Nationals Franchise History". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2008-11-16. 
  3. ^ a b "Gene Mauch Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Manager of the Year Award Winners". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  5. ^ a b "Karl Kuehl Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  6. ^ a b c "Jim Fanning Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  7. ^ a b "Tom Runnells Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  8. ^ "Nationals sticking with Riggleman". Sports Illustrated. Associate Press. 2009-11-11. Archived from the original on November 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  9. ^ "Charlie Fox Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  10. ^ "Dick Williams Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  11. ^ "1981 Montreal Expos". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  12. ^ "Bill Virdon Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  13. ^ "Buck Rodgers Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  14. ^ "Felipe Alou Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  15. ^ "Jeff Torborg Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  16. ^ a b "Frank Robinson Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  17. ^ "Manny Acta Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  18. ^ "Jim Riggleman Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  19. ^ "John McLaren Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
  20. ^ "Davey Johnson Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2011-11-17. 
  21. ^ "Matt Williams Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  22. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (October 5, 2015). "Nationals fire reigning manager of the year Matt Williams". hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  23. ^ Castillo, Jorge, and Chelsea Janes (October 29, 2017). "Nationals agree to three-year deal to make Dave Martinez their next manager". washingtonpost.com. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 30, 2017. 
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