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Davey Johnson Likely To Be Named Washington Nationals Manager After 2011 World Series

The Washington Nationals will likely name Davey Johnson as their full-time manager as soon as the World Series concludes. General manager Mike Rizzo declined to confirm the decision to retain Johnson, but he did say that Johnson has been in touch with Nationals coaches during the offseason, and that the club will announce its decision following the World Series, according to Ben Goessling of MASN.

Major League Baseball strongly discourages its team from making major announcements during the World Series, which explains the delay.

Johnson took over the Nationals in June upon the sudden resignation of Jim Riggleman. Washington went 40-43 with Johnson serving as interim manager. Its record under Riggleman was 38-37. John McLaren managed the club between Riggleman's and Johnson's stints, going 2-1 in that brief period.

Johnson, 68, has extensive managerial experience: in 15 seasons, he's tallied a 1188-931 record, and he guided the New York Mets to a championship in the 1986 World Series. He first joined the Nationals in 2006 as a consultant. In 2009, Rizzo promoted him to a senior advisor position.