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Nationals name Davey Johnson full-time manager

Oct 31, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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As expected, the Nationals have decided to stick with Davey Johnson as manager.

General manager Mike Rizzo went through the interview process with other candidates, but various reports pegged Johnson as the man for the job for weeks now and the Nationals simply held off making things official until after the World Series.

Rizzo said in a statement that “it became obvious that the Nationals would be best served” with Johnson, who managed the team to a 40-43 record after taking over at midseason following Jim Riggleman’s sudden exit. At the time Riggleman stepped down the Nationals were 38-37.

Johnson is the oldest manager in baseball at age 69 and took more than a decade off from managing after leaving the Dodgers in 2000, but his contract also includes a team option for 2013.

  1. RedHeadedBastard - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Awesome. Now please sign a good Starting Pitcher and Lead Off Hitter and or Outfielder. Oh and please don’t suck this year, that would suck.

  2. RedHeadedBastard - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Awesome. Now please sign a good Starting Pitcher and Lead Off Hitter and/or Outfielder. Oh and please don’t suck this year, that would suck.

  3. lyon810 - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Awesome. Now please sign a good Starting Pitcher and Lead Off Hitter and/or Outfielder. Oh and please don’t suck this year, that would suck.

  4. JBerardi - Oct 31, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Johnson’s teams have played .561 ball over 15 seasons of managing and only three of those teams finished in anything but first or second plance. Either the guy is good or he really knows how to pick his spots. One way or the other, Nats fans should be pleased with this development.

  5. natstowngreg - Oct 31, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Sun rises in east. Dog bites man. Davey Johnson will continue to manage the Nats.

    Rizzo didn’t even need to sign Davey. He’s already under contract to work for the Nats in some capacity in 2012 and 2013. Turns out, that capacity is as manager (at least in 2012).

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