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Davey Johnson agrees to contract with Nationals, plans to retire after 2013

Nov 10, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

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UPDATE: It’s official. The Nationals announced this morning that Johnson will return as manager in 2013 before shifting into a consultant role for 2014.

3:45 PM, Friday: Whatever drama there was surrounding Davey Johnson’s contract negotiations with the Nationals is over, as Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides have agreed to a new deal and adds that 2013 will likely be the 70-year-old’s final season as a manager.

Johnson went more than a decade without managing before taking over the Nationals from Jim Riggleman in mid-2011 and has a 138-107 (.563) record in Washington that includes an NL-best 98 wins this year.

Johnson hinted that this season might have been his final one if the Nationals had won the World Series and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Johnson is expected to resume his role as a special advisor to the front office after retiring as manager. And do lots of fishing too, of course.

  1. natstowngreg - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Zero surprise that Davey re-signed.

    Zero surprise that Davey will stay with the organization post-managing. This is the guy who Mike Rizzo called “part of the furniture” of his front office.

    Small surprise that Davey committed to retiring after next season. Seems a little soon to be making that decision.

    • dcfan4life - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Davey loved his special advisor position. It allowed him to be heavily involved in baseball activities but at his own pace, speed, and timing. Managing doesnt allow for such freedom. And as much as he loves grooming our young team i think we all knew he was going back to that. So rather than have that eventual decision be a distraction, just tell everyone in advance, a la Bobby Cox.

    • kkolchak - Nov 9, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      It appears that the only reason DJ is coming back for even one more season was the Nats’ heartbreaking exit from the playoffs. At his age you have to figure he is treating every year in the game as if it might be his last, and I can’t say I blame him.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 9, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Good points. It was just a little surprising because we don’t know, of course, where the team will be next October.

      Say, for example, the Nats make the World Series but lose. Will Davey look at the team and think, maybe just one more year? I’m not doubting Davey’s sincerity, but folks can change their minds.

      As for staying in the organization, that seems to have been a given all along.

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