Two things were made official in Washington on Friday afternoon.
Well, I take that back, one thing was made official and the other part will almost certainly become official.
What we know for sure is Davey Johnson, a Manager of the Year finalist in the National League, will return for his third season as Washington Nationals skipper — his 17th overall. What could be true is this will be Johnson’s swan song, as sources have told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the 70 year old plans on retiring at the conclusion of the season.
Assuming Johnson follows through with his plan — which isn’t always a wise thing to do with managers and coaches — he’ll finish with a career record well north of .500. His overall mark currently sits at 1,286-995, while his record with Washington is 138-107 in just over a year and a half on the job. He also led the Nationals to their first playoff berth since moving to Washington, and their first overall berth since 1981 when they were the Montreal Expos.
Needless to say, Johnson is worthy of his selection as a MOY finalist based on those achievements, and all signs point to him being the overwhelming favorite to win it.
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