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Nationals honor manager Davey Johnson as his final season winds down

Sep 22, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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Nationals manager Davey Johnson, responsible for the organization’s first and only post-season appearance since moving to Washington in 2005, was honored before the first of two scheduled games against the Marlins today. Johnson is retiring after the season and will act as a consultant to the team going forward.

CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman described the event:

A touching video tribute featuring highlights from both Johnson’s playing and managing career preceded a string of thank-yous from former teammates, current coaches and most players on the Nationals roster. Managing principal owner Ted Lerner and general manager Mike Rizzo then presented Johnson with a personalized Tiffany and Co. crystal that read: “In celebration of your decorated baseball legacy and your contributions to the Washington Nationals.”

The crystal included the date “Sept. 21, 2013,” permanent evidence that this ceremony was originally planned for Saturday night but had to be postponed one day after the Nationals’ game against the Marlins was rained out.

Johnson had been saying he didn’t want a long, elaborate ceremony, and the Nationals kept this one fairly brief.

The Nationals lost to the Marlins in the afternoon game by a 4-2 score, which clinched the NL East for the Braves. They will play again this evening. Despite a late-season surge — the Nats are 23-8 since August 20 — it has been a difficult year in Washington as many expected the team to defend last year’s NL East title and make a deep run into the playoffs.

  1. sleepyirv - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    It’s a shame Davy Johnson will probably not get much support for the Hall of Fame, considering his great work with quite a few teams (alas, the fact he kept going to different teams is probably going to hurt him. Especially since there’s a bunch of lesser managers who have a better shot (I’m looking at you, Dusty Baker)

  2. 12strikes - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Wonder if they bronzed the shelf that Rizzo put Strasburg on last season?

    • zacksdad - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      In wonder if Strasburg is rested for the playoff run this year. They kept out lst year so he would be ready this year. Hopefully they can get farther in the playoffs.

      Wait, they not make the playoffs? Oh well there will be other years. The Nationals tend to make the playoffs a lot.

  3. sumerduckman - Sep 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Just like there are guitar players that other guitar players recognize as great, but the general public does not , like Danny Gatton, Tal Farlow or Hubert Sumlin , baseball people will remember Mr. Johnson.

  4. NatsLady - Sep 23, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    When Davey is on his game, he is brilliant. Someone should take the 2nd game of today’s double-header and use it as a case study (it helps to have Sept call-ups for pinch-runners, of course). He routinely out-manages the mediocre types (Yost, Collins), last year he ran circles around Joe Madden, and he usually holds his own with the top tier…

    Those of us who watch him on a daily basis can pick a bunch of nits, but on the whole, he’s been good for this team–he puts his players out there in situations where they can succeed, or as he puts it, “express their talent.”

    • natstowngreg - Sep 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Reminds me of Cards fans on this here blog right here, nit-picking over Tony LaRussa’s managerial moves, even as the Cards were winning. It is a manager’s lot in life to be second-guessed. If you look at the body of Davey’s work as a whole, IMHO, it stands up pretty well.

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  6. paco53 - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Davey Johnson was a good manager in Cincinnati. We enjoyed having him here. Even though it was long ago, many of us still remember. I hope a couple of former Reds were there for his ceremony or at least sent him good luck retirement wishes.

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