Davey Johnson to Return as Washington Nationals’ Manager for 2012 Season

Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson, who guided the team to 15 wins in their final 20 games, will return to manage the Major League Baseball club in 2012.

Johnson, who led the New York Mets to the 1986 World Series title, replaced Jim Riggleman, who left the Nationals in June because management wouldn’t discuss his contract option for next season.

“It became obvious that the Nationals would be best served if Davey Johnson would continue as manager,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “His baseball acumen coupled with a proper offseason of planning, including a full regiment of spring training, should put our players in a position to succeed in 2012.”

The Nationals were 40-43 under Johnson last season, finishing 80-81, in third place in the National League Eastern division.

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