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No decision yet, but Nationals set to stick with Davey Johnson

Oct 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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When the regular season ended every indication was that the Nationals would retain Davey Johnson as their manager for 2012 and despite an ongoing manager “search” and no official announcement yet Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Johnson is still a near-lock to keep the job.

General manager Mike Rizzo has declined to comment on the manager search and even if the Nationals were ready to make an announcement they’d probably abide by Bud Selig’s rules and hold off until a day without a World Series game.

So maybe Friday or next Tuesday … or maybe not for a while longer.

Johnson has a three-year contract with the organization regardless of his role, so if he’s not in the dugout he’ll be in the front office. Johnson, who’ll be 69 years old in January, went 40-43 after taking over a 40-38 team following Jim Riggleman’s mid-season resignation.

  1. lovesmesomeme - Oct 19, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    All together now: Tito, Tito, Tito

    • natstowngreg - Oct 19, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      It’s a bit curious that Rizzo hasn’t signed Davey yet; he’s had plenty of time to perform the cosmetic “search” required by MLB. However, given Rizzo’s enormous respect for Davey, it’s hard to see Rizzo going in another direction — like Francona.

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