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Davey Johnson retained as Nationals manager

Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:05 am
 
By Matt Snyder

As expected, the Washington Nationals have decided to keep manager Davey Johnson for the 2012 season. The team made an official announcement Monday morning -- coincidentally, it was made during the Cardinals' press conference to announce Tony La Russa's retirement.

Johnson, 68, took over for Washington June 27, a few days after Jim Riggleman unexpectedly resigned over what appeared to be a monetary dispute. The Nationals would go 40-43 under Johnson, finishing third place in the NL East -- the highest finish ever as the Washington Nationals. It should be noted, of course, that the Nationals were 40-38 when he took over, however.

The Nationals do have a promising future, with a good, young nucleus starting to emerge at the big-league level and talented youngsters like Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon just a season or two away.

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Comments

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:17 am
 

Davey Johnson retained as Nationals manager

I agree, new blood is needed and Porter is a nice option.  I don't get it either - all this hiring of old farts just because they have had success in the past.  It's like going to school for a job that requires 6 months experience.  If no one will hire you out of college, how are you supposed to get the 6 months you need?  Really, Davey JOhnson?  The Nats can do better than that.  Love the comment about being alive for the bright future lol!



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:03 am
 

Davey Johnson retained as Nationals manager

Retread!  Why not try new blood? The Nats have a very good and aggressive 3rd base coach that the players respect and love playing for. I'm talking about Coach Porter.

Recycling these skippers are not panning out. McKeon, Johnson, Tracy.  With the lineup the Nats can write up, they need an attitude adjustment.

Porter has influenced an attack approach for Morse, Ramos, Espinosa and Nix. I don't think they need LaRoche (Trade for SP/RP).

The only downsize I see coming from the Cards WS win is Owners and GMs are going to copy the "old veteran skipper knows how to win" syndrome



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Davey Johnson retained as Nationals manager

Sorry to burst your bubble Big Fred, but Harper not only will not be here in 2012, but may not be here til 2014. By then, The Nat may be on the cusp of losing  Strasburg to free agency. Harper is being overmatched in the AFL so no, he is nowhere near ready.



Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Davey Johnson retained as Nationals manager

im glad u did... cuz ive thought it plenty....
 



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Davey Johnson retained as Nationals manager

Way to go Nat's for retaining Johnson.  Riggleman who?  Good job finishing around .500 as well as slowly transitioning Strasburg after his rehab.  I can't wait for next year with Strasburg, Harper and if the Nat's can get another solid outfielder, there's no telling how far this team can go.

GO NAT'S!!! 



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Davey Johnson retained as Nationals manager

The Nationals do have a promising future, with a good, young nucleus starting to emerge at the big-league level and talented youngsters like Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon just a season or two away. 
I don't think this manager will be alive to see the bright future.

What? Someone had to say it.


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