If Johnson departs, Nats may stay in-house

If Johnson departs, Nats may stay in-house

PHILADELPHIA -- If Davey Johnson decides not to return as manager of the Nationals, here are some in-house candidates the club would likely consider:

Trent Jewett: He started the season as an extra Major League coach, which meant he would help the team before game time, but not be in uniform once the first pitch was thrown. After the team dismissed coach Dan Radison in late June, however, Jewett was promoted to first-base coach.

Jewett has 17 years of experience as a Minor League manager and was honored by Baseball America as the best manager prospect in 2007. He had 1,144 victories in his Minor League career. Jewett was once considered a candidate for Washington's managerial job after the club dismissed Frank Robinson after the 2006 season, but Manny Acta got the nod.

Randy Knorr: Of the candidates, Knorr paid his dues in the organization. He has moved up the ladder in the club's Minor League system. Knorr managed Class A Potomac and guided the club to the 2008 Carolina League Mills Cup. Last year, Knorr guided Double-A Harrisburg to the Wild Card Western Division championship. Knorr managed Triple-A Syracuse this season.

Knorr, a Minor League manager dating back to 2005, also has the distinction of managing Ryan Zimmerman, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg and Chris Marrero before they reached the big leagues.

Bo Porter: Considered one of the best third-base coaches, Porter was a managerial candidate for the Pirates and Marlins last offseason. After Jim Riggleman resigned in June of this year, Porter's name was bought up as a replacement, but the job went to Johnson. Porter has one year of managerial experience and that occurred in 2006, with Class A Jamestown in the Marlins' organization.