Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson won the National League Manager of the Year Award on Tuesday as determined by the Baseball Writers' Association of America with 23 first place votes, four second place votes and four third place votes. Johnson beat out Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds and Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants.
Johnson led the Nationals to a MLB-best 98-64 record as he guided the franchise to their first playoff appearance since moving to Washington from Montreal in 2005. On Tuesday he became the fifth manager to win the award in both leagues; joining Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, and Lou Piniella.
Johnson will return to manage the Nationals in 2013 and will become a consultant for the team starting in 2014. Last season the Nationals lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS in five games.
Baker finished second with five first-place votes and Bochy finished third with four first-place votes. For a full breakdown of voting, visit the BBWAA website.