The Nationals made it official, announcing that Davey Johnson will return to the dugout as manager in 2013 before shifting into a consulting role the following season.
The Washington Nationals officially announced the return of Davey Johnson on Saturday, but also noted that 2013 will be his last season in the dugout before shifting into a consultant role with the club. The reports that Johnson would not manage past next season had already been out there, but the team made the announcement on Twitter and confirmed that he would stay with the club in another role.
At 70 years old, Johnson will be the oldest manager in the game next season. In 2011, he initially signed a three-year deal that called for him to shift into the consulting role in 2013 and 2014. Negotiations for his return to the dugout had been ongoing, and but no announcement had been made until Saturday.
After managing the Nats to the best record in baseball, he's ready to come back for more, and issued a statement through the team, via Bill Ladson of MLB.com:
"I love managing this ballclub in this town, and for that, I owe a debt of gratitude to the Lerner Family and [general manager] Mike Rizzo. As everyone knows, we have some unfinished business to tend to in '13. I have a feeling this upcoming season will be filled with many memorable moments."