Washington Nationals’ Davey Johnson Added to NL All-Star Staff
On Thursday morning, MLB announced the coaching staffs for the 2013 MLB All Star Game. For the National League squad, manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants selected New York Mets manager Terry Collins and Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
The selection to be a part of the All-Star coaching staff is the first for Davey Johnson as a manager. In his 13-year career as a player, Johnson was selected to four All-Star games, including three consecutive appearances from 1968 to 1970.
Last season, Johnson stepped in for his first full season as the Nationals’ manager after replacing Jim Riggleman in the middle of the 2011 season. He promptly lead the team to its best season since the franchise moved to D.C. in 2005. Last November, Johnson was named the National League Manager of the Year.
Johnson will likely be just one of several representatives from the Nationals on the NL All-Star roster. Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is having the best season of his career and is on track to be selected as the National League starter for the All-Star game. Last season, the Nationals had both Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez pitching in the All-Star game.
For those wondering, here is the coaching staff for the American League All-Star team:
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) June 13, 2013