Anybody have Davey Johnson in their 3-day old "Who's going to manage the Washington Nationals" poll? Nobody here did.
The Nationals have made it official, announcing Sunday morning their newest manager would be baseball veteran Dave Johnson. Johnson will make his Nationals debut Monday against the Dodgers.
Believe it or not, Johnson, a baseball lifer, has been a "Special Advisor" to team G.M Mike Rizzo since 2009. Johnson has a long history in baseball, having managed the Mets, Reds, Orioles and Dodgers over the course of 14 seasons.
He'll replace the departed Jim Riggleman, who walked away from the time at the beginning of the past week over a contract dispute.
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Johnson will run the club through the end of the season which is when he and Rizzo will decide on how long the job will be. There are whispers he signed a personal services deal that will keep him with the team through 2014 as either manager or adviser.
Either way, we like the choice here, Johnson is a good, veteran baseball guy who's had success just about everywhere he's been. The Nationals have been one of the better stories this season as their young talent is starting to take hold in the majors and the pipeline holds a lot more of it. Look for the Nats to have some success in the coming years.