Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Davey Johnson will return as the Washington
Nationals' manager for one final season after he and the club formally agreed
to terms on a contract for 2013.
Johnson, who will turn 70 years old in January, will move into a consultant
role with the organization following the completion of this upcoming season.
The veteran skipper piloted the Nationals to a major league-best 98 regular-
season victories and a surprise National League East title in 2012, marking
the franchise's first postseason appearance since the Montreal Expos reached
the NLCS in 1981.
Johnson's contract expired following the World Series, and it was uncertain as
to whether the NL Manager of the Year finalist would come back or opt for
Since taking over the Nationals during June of the 2011 season, Johnson has
compiled a 138-107 overall record.
The 2012 Nationals became the fourth team Johnson has guided to the playoffs
in a distinguished 16-year managerial career highlighted by his leading the
1986 New York Mets to a World Series title. Johnson was also named the 1997 AL
Manager of the Year after directing the Baltimore Orioles to a 98-64 record
and an ALCS appearance that season.
Johnson, who also steered Cincinnati to back-to-back postseason trips in 1994
and 1995, sports a 1,286-995 lifetime mark in stops with the Mets, Reds,
Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and Nationals.
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