Nationals all but certain to retain Davey Johnson as manager

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No official decision has been made yet, but general manager Mike Rizzo made it very clear that Davey Johnson will remain the Nationals’ manager in 2012.

Rizzo has interviewed several candidates for the job, but indicated to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that Johnson has never ceased being the heavy favorite:

We feel pretty confident that Davey’s in place. He’s going to be here for years to come. He’s a terrific manager. I can see him managing this team through 2012. We haven’t made any announcements yet, because we haven’t done our full due diligence, but those announcements will come probably soon after the World Series.

Johnson is signed to a multi-year contract that would enable the Nationals to keep him in the front office (or another role) even if they don’t keep him as manager, but at no point has anyone covering the team on a regular basis believed Johnson wouldn’t end up with the gig. Johnson, who’ll be 69 years old in January, went 40-43 after taking over a 40-38 team following Jim Riggleman’s mid-season resignation.