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Nationals manager Davey Johnson says he may slit his wrists but he’s not quitting


It’s been a tumultuous season for the Washington Nationals and perhaps no single person affiliated with the team has had a worse experience over the past few months than manager Davey Johnson. Sitting at 48-52, the team has failed to live up to expectations or realize its potential and the woeful hitting (the Nationals are hitting .239 as a team, only the Mets, Astros and Marlins are worse) has been the most mentioned cause for the squad’s season-long struggles.

The Nationals have scored only 368 runs thus far this season — the White Sox and Marlins only scoring fewer runs. Things came to a head on Monday, when General Manager Mike Rizzo pulled the trigger and fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein, a move that Davey Johnson didn’t necessarily agree with but went along with anyway.

The disappointing season and Eckstein’s dismissal is taking its toll on Johnson, understandably, and the skipper attempted to use some gallows humor on Tuesday when discussing the team’s plight and how his job may be inextricably tied to the squad’s downward spiral.

After being reportedly a bit surly with reporters when discussing his future with the team in light of Eckstein being fired, Johnson seemed a bit more jovial during his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan.

When asked by host Eric Bickel if there was any chance that he would quit before season’s end, Johnson offered up a strange reply.

“No,” Johnson said. “I mean, I might slit my wrists or something, but I’m not quitting.”

Interesting. But something tells me if Johnson were to indeed slit his wrists, there’s not much of a chance that the Nationals would allow him to manage the team out of a room at a hospital psych ward.

Of course, Johnson was joking with the slitting wrists comment, but what a strange way to go about defying speculation that he may be headed out the door, even if it was a joke. “Sure, I may try to commit suicide by slitting my wrists, but there’s no way I’m quitting my job! I kid, I kid! Suicide’s bad, mmmkay?”