Originally posted on The Flagrant Fan  |  Last updated 10/31/11
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In what would have been the most important managerial news of the day if it wasn't for a certain guy in St. Louis, Davey Johnson was announced as the Washington Nationals 2012 manager. Johnson was brought into the dugout by Mike Rizzo after Jim Riggleman fell on his own sword. Johnson had been acting as Rizzo's special assistant before the move. Like Rizzo points out in the linked piece above, the only question concerning Johnson was his energy level and his interest in leading the Nationals to the future. Rizzo no longer has such doubts and neither should we. Davey Johnson has a proven track record. His fifteen years in the dugout is less than half of Tony LaRussa's, but Johnson has a much better winning percentage over that time (.561). In his fifteen years as manager, Johnson has five first place division finishes, one World Series Championship and one league pennant. His teams have also finished second seven times and third twice, which could be just as important in this day ...
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