WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the last week, the struggling Washington Nationals have fired their hitting coach and demoted the team's former closer. Whatever changes the organization makes over the remainder of the 2013 season, removing manager Davey Johnson from his post will not be one of them.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says there's "no chance that he won't be the manager until the end of the season,"
Washington is in second place, but sports a frustrating 50-54 record and began Saturday 8.5 games behind Atlanta in the NL East.
The Nationals have made some adjustments already. On Monday, they replaced hitting coach Rick Eckstein, one of Johnson's primary confidants on the team, and promoted Rick Schu in the hopes of energizing the team's offense.