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Davey Johnson named National League Manager of the Year

Nov 13, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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Fresh off his new one-year deal and retirement announcement, the Nationals’ Davey Johnson claimed 23 of the 32 first-place votes to win his first National League Manager of the Year award on Tuesday.

Johnson also won the American League award with the Orioles in 1997. He’s the first Expos/Nationals manager to win the award since Felipe Alou in the strike-shortened 1994 season.

Johnson’s Nationals won 98 games in his first year of the helm, 18 more than in 2011. The team lost the NLDS in five games to the Cardinals.

The Reds’ Dusty Baker finished second to Johnson, claiming five first-place votes. The Giants’ Bruce Bochy got four first-place votes and finished in third place.

According to the BBWAA, Johnson joins Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland and Lou Piniella as the only managers to win the award in both leagues.

  1. kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM


    Even if next year does turn out to be his last, he’ll always have a special place in the hearts of Nats’ fans.

  2. giantraiderwarrior - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Too bad they chocked this year!!! Having the best record in the division doesn’t mean a World Series champiship. Go giants!

    • kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      And the award for “Obnoxious Douchebag Internet Commenter of the Year” goes to…

      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        Making my ballot public: giantraiderwarrior

    • natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Further proof that the only thing worse than a bad loser, is a bad winner.

  3. natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I guess, given the lack of firm Manager of the Year criteria, winning 18 more games and arriving at the top of the standings a year ahead of expectations will do. Congrats, Davey.

  4. randygnyc - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    This was Davey’s award all the way. Best record in the league. No one saw that coming, not even the Nat’s or their fans. (Davey ought to be thankful this was a regular season award or Bochy wins, IMO)

    • natstowngreg - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:24 PM

      Perhaps Davey saw it coming. He was pretty optimistic before the season. Even more optimistic than Mike Rizzo, who said his goal was for the team to play meaningful games in September. Not have the best record in MLB, just contend.

      • natslady - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        Congrats to Davey, and thanks for giving us another year.

  5. giantraiderwarrior - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I don’t a f! The guy got out managed in the nlds. Get use to losing after this year. Out.

    • kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      Wow–exactly the kind of spelling and grammar I would expect from a knucklehead.

  6. thesmedman - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Here comes the firing, Davey! Lol

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