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Nationals Say Johnson Will Manage Team Until End of Season

June 26 (Bloomberg) -- The Washington Nationals named Davey Johnson as manager until the end of the Major League Baseball season.

Johnson succeeds Jim Riggleman, who resigned three days ago because the Nationals refused to discuss his contract option for 2012. Riggleman had a 140-172 record with Washington since 2009.

Johnson, who managed the New York Mets to the 1986 World Series title, will participate in the hiring of his successor at the Nationals after also agreeing to remain as a consultant for three years after this season.

“We could have absolutely no better choice to lead the Nationals at this time,” General Manager Mike Rizzo said on the team’s website today. “He knows exactly what we need to be doing to build the Nationals into a contender.”

Johnson, 68, has been a senior adviser to Rizzo since 2009. His last job as a manager was with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000. He’s also been the manager in Cincinnati and Baltimore and has a 1,148-888 record in 14 seasons.

John McLaren was put in temporary charge of the team two days ago before Washington beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 in 14 innings for their 12th win in 13 games.

The Nationals, who have never finished with a winning record since joining the National League in 2005, are third in the East division, 8 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

Johnson’s first game will be tomorrow against the Los Angles Angels. The Nationals wrap up a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox today. The teams have each won one game.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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