After leading the Washington Nationals to arguably their best season in franchise history during the 2012 season, manager Davey Johnson has agreed to a deal with the club to return to their dug out for the 2013 campaign.The agreement was announced by the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.
In 2012 the Nats compiled a Major League Baseball best 98-64 record, won the National League East and reached the postseason for just the second time in franchise history (1981 was the first as the Montreal Expos) and the first time since the team moved to Washington, D.C. prior to the start of the 2005 season.
The Nationals lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games during the NLDS this past season after letting a 6-0, game five lead slip and wound up losing the game 9-7 thus being eliminated from the postseason.
The 70-year old Johnson is returning for his third season with the club, his 17th season overall as a Major League skipper and will be the oldest manager in the big leagues in the 2013 season. Throughout Johnson’s managerial career, he has put together a record of 1,285-995 for a winning percentage of .564 in 2,280 total games.
Following the 2013 season Johnson will remain with the club however not in the managing capacity, he will move into the role as a team consultant in 2014. Johnson was named as one of the three finalists for National League Manager of the Year along with Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker and the World Champions San Francisco Giants skipper Bruce Bochy. The winner of the award will be announced on Tuesday.