Davey Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of this season and 2012, ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell reports.
It’ll be the first managerial gig for the 68-year-old Johnson since his two-year stint with the Dodgers ended in 2000. The one-time World Series winner with the Mets in 1986 has a career 1,148-888 record in 14 seasons as a manager.
It lopoks like a great hire for the Nationals if Johnson truly has the desire to manage again. He’s indicated in the past that he didn’t. At least when it comes to in-game tactics, Johnson should run circles around Jim Riggleman, who was one of the game’s weakest managers in that regard. The Nationals will probably try to decide on a manager of the future this winter to add as a bench coach for 2012 and then step in for Johnson the following season.