July 4, 2022

NATS/P-NATS: Josh Olerud Named 2013 Carolina League Executive of the Year

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Olerud, in Third Season with Potomac Nationals Franchise, Led Club to
an All-Time, Single-Season Attendance Record in 2013

Woodbridge, VA—The Potomac Nationals are proud to announce Vice President/General Manager, Josh Olerud has been named the recipient of the 2013 Calvin Falwell Executive of the Year Award. Voting was conducted by league general managers, club owners, field managers, and the Carolina League president.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Olerud. “With all the great people we have in the Carolina League, it is very humbling to be recognized. This is a team effort and it is truly the dedication of our ownership group, great front office staff, and first-class game-day team that makes this recognition possible.”

Olerud finished his 10th season in professional baseball in 2013 after eight years as General Manager of the Rockford RiverHawks of the Frontier League and following completion of his third season leading the Potomac Nationals. Originally hailing from Bloomington, MN, he graduated with a degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in Marketing at Minnesota State University at Mankato. Olerud was the most recent recipient of the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago’s Minor League Executive of the Year in 2012.

Olerud oversaw a 2013 Potomac Nationals campaign that shattered the single-season franchise record for overall attendance at Pfitzner Stadium (236,772). This was the highest attendance mark in a single Nationals’ season since 220,145 fans flocked to The Pfitz in 1998. (Prince William Cannons-St. Louis Cardinals). Olerud presided over eight sellouts at The Pfitz during the 2013 campaign and average per game attendance was 3,534 fans. In addition, the P-Nats’ patriarch led a 2013 front office team that unveiled a record number of fireworks shows, premium giveaways, and celebrity appearances which made up a truly landmark 36th season in franchise history which culminated with a Mills Cup Championship Series berth.

On Olerud’s commendation, Potomac Nationals Chairman and CEO, Art Silber said, “We are delighted that the Carolina League has chosen our Vice President and General Manger, Josh Olerud as the Carolina League Executive of the Year to recognize the extraordinary job he has done for the Potomac Nationals. This past season was a record setting year for our ball club, with high marks set in attendance, game revenue, and sponsorship revenue. Josh’s interaction with fans, sponsors, players, and staff has afforded the club the opportunity to reach new heights. I congratulate him and know that this is only the beginning of what is to come for the Potomac Nationals franchise.”

Amidst a blockbuster 2013 season which featured a record tally of sponsorship revenue, Olerud also remained focused on the mission of keeping the Potomac Nationals connected with their local community in Northern Virginia. The Potomac Nationals raised over $100,000 in 2013 across all of their fundraising branches using the following conduits: the P-Nats’ annual hot stove banquet and sports memorabilia auction to benefit S.P.A.R.K. (Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids) of Prince William County, Uncle Slam’s Reading Program, a trio of community nights, featured non-profit organization nights, a slew of commemorative jersey auctions with proceeds dedicated to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, Autism Speaks, and nearby Osbourn Park High School. Also featured as part of this community initiative was the annual Nationals golf tournament in conjunction with SYA Baseball, a pair of Military Appreciation Nights in partnership with Homes for Heroes, Hope For The Warriors, and the USO; the Guns vs. Hoses annual charity softball classic, and a milestone “Hire-A-Vet” program to usher in the hiring of military veterans interested in a career within the Minor League Baseball landscape.

Under the direction of Olerud, the Potomac Nationals also ran a silent sports auction at The Pfitz to directly to victims of the tornadoes that hit the state of Oklahoma back in May thanks to a partnership with the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund.

“Josh is great choice for this award,” said Carolina League President, John Hopkins. “During his time at Potomac, the operation has been growing and improving in every respect. It’s a well deserved honor.”

During the 2013 season, which featured a franchise record 84 wins and the best winning percentage in club history (.604), Olerud laid out the P-Nats’ red carpet for a slew of Major League rehabilitation stars from the Washington Nationals including, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Christian Garcia, LF Bryce Harper, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, C Wilson Ramos, RF Jayson Werth, and 3B Ryan Zimmerman to Pfitzner Stadium. Notably, Harper’s first contest as a Potomac National on June 25th garnered a capacity crowd of 8,495 fans.

As a compliment to the promotional efforts of Olerud and his team to energize the P-Nats’ fan base and proliferate the mission of hosting the most fan-friendly atmosphere possible, the Potomac club used this potent home field advantage on the field to turn in the best 2013 home record in the Carolina League at (47-23).

The Carolina League’s Calvin Falwell Executive of the Year Award was named in 2006 for the man who had been president of the Lynchburg club since that city joined the league in 1966. Falwell served the league as an officer, director, and representative to Minor League Baseball’s Board of Trustees. Falwell passed away at age 90 on August 20th, 2011.

NATS/P-NATS: Billy Burns and Taylor Jordan Named Nationals Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

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P-Nats OF Billy Burns and RHP Taylor Jordan Rewarded for Stellar Play in 2013 with
Annual Organizational Awards from the Washington Nationals

Woodbridge, VA—The Washington Nationals have announced 2013 Potomac Nationals OF Billy Burns and RHP Taylor Jordan as the recipients of the 2013 Washington Nationals Minor League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year Awards.

Burns, 24, a native of Marietta, GA and a product of Mercer University (GA) selected by Washington in the 32nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft, finished his 2013 campaign with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators after being promoted from Potomac on 8/2. Burns hit .325 in 30 games for the Senators in which he scored 26 runs, walked 20 times, and stole 20 bases.

The switch-hitting speedster finished as the Carolina League’s leader in stolen bases for the course of the season after stashing 54 swipes to complement the second-best batting average (.312) in the league over the course of 91 games played. Burns also led the circuit in triples (9) and on-base percentage (.422). Burns departed the Nationals with the longest hitting streak in the Carolina League this past season at 25 games and also earned the third-longest on-base streak in the league with 27 straight games reaching base safely to his credit.

Burns combined to earn a .315 batting clip over both Class-A affiliates while collecting 96 runs, 12 doubles, nine triples, 37 RBIs, 170 total bases, 72 walks, and 74 stolen bases in 121 total games. Burns’ batting average registered as the best in the Washington Nationals farm system in 2013 (among hitters with a minimum of 100 games played) while he swung to the ninth best on-base percentage in MiLB (.425) and stole the third most bases in the Minor League landscape.

Burns was tabbed by Baseball America as the 26th best prospect in the Washington Nationals system prior to the 2013 season.

Burns was also honored as both a mid-season and year-end Carolina League All-Star during the 2013 season.
Jordan, 24, out of Merritt Island, FL and Brevard Community College (FL) was taken by the Nationals in the 9th round of the 2009 MLB Draft.

The crafty right-hander completed his first full season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in September of 2011 and rehabbing that injury in 2012.

Jordan is tabbed as the top 2013 pitching performer in Washington’s Minor League organization after a career season that featured a combined (9-1) record in 15 appearances and 14 starts on the Nationals’ farm this year across two levels. For the P-Nats in the Carolina League, Jordan dealt to the tune of a (2-1) win/loss ledger and a 1.24 earned run average in six starts.

Following a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg on 5/9, the sinkerballer was lights out in the Eastern League logging a (7-0) record and an anemic 0.83 ERA in nine appearances and eight starts. Jordan fanned 43 batters and walked just nine men over a duration of 54.0 innings with the Senators pitching staff before making his Major League debut on 6/29 on the road against the New York Mets at Citi Field in Flushing, NY.

In his first start in the “The Show” against the Mets, Jordan tossed 4.1 innings and surrendered three runs, but only one earned run. Jordan struck out one, walked a pair, and gave up just five hits in a tough luck loss.

Jordan pitched to a (1-3) record for the Washington Nationals while donning a 3.66 ERA in his rookie Big League campaign.

According to the Washington Nationals, out of the 271 outs recorded this season in MiLB by Jordan, 210 outs, or 77.5% came via the ground ball (138) or the strikeout (72).

Jordan ranked thirteenth 13th best prospect in the Nationals system by Baseball America entering 2013.

CAPS: Mike Green Receives SneakerBall Award

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green accepts the JB Impact Award from CBS sportscaster James Brown during the 10th annual SneakerBall, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance’s signature charity gala, on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The JB Impact Award honors a player who has used sport to positively impact the area through community service. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green accepts the JB Impact Award from CBS sportscaster James Brown during the 10th annual SneakerBall, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance’s signature charity gala, on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The JB Impact Award honors a player who has used sport to positively impact the area through community service. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Capitals)

Capitals Defenseman Mike Green Receives SneakerBall Award
Capitals defenseman honored at the celebration of D.C. sports

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green was named the recipient of the James Brown Impact Award, presented during the 10th annual SneakerBall, the Greater Washington Sports Alliance’s signature charity gala, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, in recognition of his involvement in the community. The award honors a player who has used sport to positively impact the area through his or her commitment and compassion for Washington, D.C., through community service.

Entering his ninth season with the Capitals, Green has devoted many hours of community and charitable service for a variety of organizations in need. In 2008 Green created the “So Kids Can” program with DC 101’s Elliot Segal to benefit youth-focused nonprofit organizations. To date, So Kids Can has donated nearly $250,000 to charity. In addition Green has participated in a number of other community initiatives.

“It is an honor to receive the JB Impact Award,” said Green. “I’ve been fortunate to be involved with several projects that have given back to the Washington, D.C., community, and I look forward to another season giving back to those in need through service.”

SneakerBall is the only black tie and sneakers gala that annually celebrates the best of sports in the region. The event is organized to benefit the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, which is made up of six local charities and creates avenues for corporate philanthropy to enhance the region’s youth sports programs and facilities. The Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation, a 501(c) 3, supports youth investment initiatives that provide young people from greater Washington the leadership skills to live healthier, happier and more productive lives through sports and fitness.

About Greater Washington Sports Alliance:
Established in 2003, The Greater Washington Sports Alliance (GWSA) is a regional, nonprofit sports commission created to foster economic development and civic pride through the power of sports. GWSA’s mission encompasses the attraction of sporting events to the region, the promotion of the regional professional, collegiate and amateur franchises, the support of youth investment organizations and the branding of Washington, D.C., as a world class sports destination.

Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin named Hart Trophy winner as NHL MVP

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was awarded the 2012-13 Hart Memorial Trophy, the third such honor of his career, at the NHL awards Saturday evening. Ovechkin beat out Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and John Tavares of the New York Islanders, as voted on by the Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

Ovechkin started slowly last season, as did his entire team. But as they became adjusted to new coach Adam Oates’ systems, both Ovechkin and the team came on to eventually win the final Southeast Division title. Ovechkin led the league in goals and the resurrected power play helped lead the Caps from the bottom of the league to first place in the division and the eventual third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

From the team’s press release:

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin won the 2012-13 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team,” the National Hockey League announced today. This marks the third time Ovechkin has been named the League’s Most Valuable Player.

The 27-year-old Moscow native is the only active player to have won the Hart Trophy multiple times (2007-08, 2008-09, 2012-13) and becomes just the eighth player in NHL history to win the award three or more times, joining Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Gordie Howe, Eddie Shore and Howie Morenz. Ovechkin was a finalist for the award in 2009-10. He earned 1,090 points for a margin of victory of 32 from a record-setting 179 ballots cast.

In 2009 Ovechkin became the first player in more than a decade to win consecutive Hart Trophies (Dominik Hasek, 1997-98) and the first non-goaltender to do so since Gretzky won eight in a row (1980-87). He became the third youngest player to win consecutive Hart Trophies, trailing only Gretzky and Orr.

Ovechkin scored 32 goals in 48 games this season to earn his third Richard Trophy in his career and became the first player in the trophy’s 13-year history to win the award three times. Ovechkin is the second Capital to lead the league in goals, joining Peter Bondra (1994-95 and shared the lead in 1997-98) and became the oldest player (27) to lead the league in goal scoring since Pavel Bure (29) in 2000-01.

Ovechkin also led the NHL in power-play goals (16), shots on goal (220) and tied for the league lead in power-play scoring (27 points). Ovechkin finished the 2012-13 regular season with 56 points (32 goals, 24 assists), tied for third in the league in scoring.

The Caps captain finished the regular season with 23 goals and 13 assists in his final 23 games. In that span of 23 contests, Washington went 17-4-2. The Capitals finished the season with a record of 27-18-3, first in the Southeast Division and the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Washington went 23-7-2 in games that Ovechkin tallied at least one point and 19-3-2 in games in which he scored a goal. He led all Caps players in third-period scoring (15g-8a) and tallied seven goals and three assists in the game’s final 10 minutes or overtime.

In his 579th career game Ovechkin became the third-fastest active player to reach the 700-point plateau, behind only Teemu Selanne (541) and Jaromir Jagr (557) and the fastest player to reach 700 points since Peter Forsberg did so in his 549th game in October 2003. Ovechkin became just the third Capital (Bondra and Mike Gartner) to record 700 or more points as a member of Washington and just the 22nd player to record 700 or more points in his first eight seasons.

This was the eighth consecutive season that Ovechkin has tallied 30 or more goals. The Caps captain is the only player to have recorded 30 or more goals each season since 2005-06 and is one of just nine players in NHL history to score 30 goals in each of his first eight seasons in the League, joining Glenn Anderson, Mike Bossy, Gartner, Gretzky, Dale Hawerchuk, Jari Kurri, Luc Robitaille and Bryan Trottier in that accomplishment.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots for the Hart Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season.

Washington Capitals Morning Skate Update & Audio: Accolades for Ovi and “Black Aces”

As the Washington Capitals prepare for Game 5 against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center tonight at 7:30 pm, the NHL announced the finalists for the Hart and Lindsey awards, and Caps captain Alex Ovechkin was listed as a candidate for both awards. For the Hart Trophy, the league MVP, Ovechkin was joined as a candidate by the Penguins Sidney Crosby and the Islanders John Tavares. The Ted Lindsey Award, voted on by fellow members of the NHLPA, will be decided between Ovechkin, Crosby and Lightning winger Martin St. Louis.

The team also called up several players from the now-eliminated Hershey Bears for the remainder of the playoffs. Known as “Black Aces”, these players will practice with the Caps but in all likelihood will not see any game action. The recalled players were: goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defensemen Dmitry Orlov, Tomas Kundratek, Cameron Schilling and Nate Schmidt.

See below for audio from head coach Adam Oates, Ovechkin, and others.

05-10-13 Adam Oates Practice RAW

05-10-13 Alex Ovechkin Practice RAW

05-10-13 Jay Beagle Practice RAW 05-10-13

Nicklas Backstrom Practice RAW

05-10-13 Tom Wilson Practice RAW

Potomac Nationals Players Earn Carolina League Weekly Awards


Woodbridge, VA—After a tremendous start to the 2013 campaign, Potomac Nationals shortstop Jason Martinson (5th Rd.,2010), a product of Texas State University, from Dallas, TX, has earned his second consecutive Carolina League’s Player of the Week Award for his production from April 15th through April 21st, the league announced today.

Martinson, the #14 prospect in the Washington Nationals Minor League system per Baseball America, entered the 4/15 week with a .303 (10-for-33) batting average, a .429 on base percentage, a .788 slugging percentage through nine games, with four home runs and 11 runs batted in.

Martinson continued his prowess at the plate into the next week by turning in a 10-for-28 performance with the bat, good for a .357 batting average in the week, while achieving an on-base percentage mark of .419, and a slugging percentage clip of .500.

The 24-year-old also cranked one double and one four-bagger, while collecting four RBIs, four runs scored, and three walks during his latest weekly tear.

The 6’1″, 190 pound Nationals prospect enters tonight’s contest with the Carolina Mudcats (Cleveland Indians) in Zebulon, NC tied for the Carolina League lead with 15 RBIs, a .635 slugging percentage, and 40 total bases. The offensive assassin is also tied for the circuit lead in home runs (5) and is 10th in the CL in batting (.317).

Sealing the sweep for Potomac in the league’s weekly awards, RHP Taylor Hill, after an absolute gem spun against the Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles) in Game One of the doubleheader last Saturday on April 20th, was announced today as the winner of the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week Award.

Hill, the 24-year-old whom Baseball America says has the “Best Control” in the Washington Nationals farm system, was selected in the 6th round in 2011 out of Vanderbilt University.

Hill, a native of Old Hickory, TN, is (3-0) on the season after a terrific pair of starts on April 15th at Salem and on April 20th vs. Frederick as he went (2-0) over the course of the week with victories over the Red Sox and Keys. He combined to pitch to a 0.69 earned run average over 13.0 innings in the two outings in which he surrendered just five total base hits, one earned run, zero home run balls, no hit batters, and one walk, while striking out eleven batters.

The only pitcher on the P-Nats staff with three victories, Hill dominated the Keys in his third start of the season tossing a one-hitter over seven shutout innings, and earning the complete game win.

The Nationals have now garnered three of the four Carolina League weekly awards in 2013.

John Wall Named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

For the first time in his career, John Wall earned the title of Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 11, through Sunday, March 17.

In that timeframe, Wall recorded three double-doubles, averaged 24 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and 2.5 steals per game while shooting .617 from the field. He also shot .800 (4-of-5) from three-point range and .857 from the free-throw line.

He started off the week by scoring 27 points and tallied a season-high 14 assists in the Wizards’ 95-90 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers. In Wednesday’s 106-93 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, he added 23 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals and in Friday’s 96-87 win over the New Orleans Hornets, Wall recorded a season-high 29 points on 12-of-15 from the floor. He capped off the week with 17 points, 11 assists and five rebounds in Washington’s 127-105 win over the Phoenix Suns Saturday night.

Wall is the first Wizard to be named Eastern Conference Player of the Week since Antawn Jamison won it for games played March 10-16 of 2008. To put that into perspective – Wall was just 17 years-old at the time.

The Wizards are now 18-14 (.563) since Wall returned to the lineup on Jan. 12 after missing the first 33 games of the season with a stress injury to his left knee.

Robert Griffin III named PFW/PFWA Rookie of the Year

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Robert Griffin III in action for the Redskins in 2012. (photo by Brian Murphy)

Press release:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – Pro Football Weekly, along with the Pro Football Writers of America, announced that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named their overall Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Griffin III, 22, finished the season having completed 258-of-393 passes (65.6 percent) for 3,200 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, only five interceptions and a passer rating of 102.4, all team rookie records. In addition, he rushed 120 times for 815 yards with seven rushing touchdowns in 2012, all three of which are team records for a quarterback. His 102.4 passer rating, 1.3 interception rate and 815 rushing yards are all NFL records for rookie quarterbacks. Griffin III also led the NFL in yards per pass attempt (8.14), yards per rush attempt (6.8) and least interceptions thrown among players with 300-plus pass attempts (5).

Griffin III began and finished his rookie campaign making history. With a season-opening win against the New Orleans Saints, he became the first player born in the 1990s to start at quarterback in NFL history. In the victory he completed 19-of-26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns and finished with a passer rating of 139.9, becoming the first player in NFL history to compile 300-plus passing yards, two or more passing touchdowns and no interceptions in an NFL debut. Griffin III finished the regular season helping the Redskins defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17 to win their first NFC Championship since 1999. He surpassed 800 yards rushing for the season in the game, becoming the first rookie quarterback with 800-plus yards on the ground and 3,000-plus passing yards in a season. Griffin III also earned his first career Pro Bowl selection, becoming the first Redskins offensive rookie to earn a selection since Larry Brown in 1969.

Griffin III is the first member of the Redskins to be named Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year since Mike Thomas received the honor in 1975. Pro Football Weekly’s annual awards are all selected by PFW editors and contributors along with members of the Professional Football Writers of America.

CAPS: Philipp Grubauer Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week

Philipp Grubauer at Capitals Training Camp 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Philipp Grubauer Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week
Second Year Pro Went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.47 GAA and .934 Save Percentage

Reading, PA – The Reading Royals of the ECHL, affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, today announced that goaltender Philipp Grubauer has been named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week (11/12 – 11/18/12). Grubauer, a second year pro from Rosenheim, Germany, went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.47 goals against average and a .934 save percentage in two appearances for the Royals last week.

This marks second time that Grubauer has been honored as the league’s Goaltender of the Week. He also won the award as a member of the South Carolina Stingrays for the week ending on November 6, 2011. It is the thirteenth time a Royals goaltender has won the weekly award; and Grubauer is the tenth different Reading goaltender to receive this recognition, joining Barry Brust (three times), Matt Dalton, Scott Fankhouser, Yutaka Fukufuji, Peter Hamerlik, Adam Hauser, John Murray, Michael Ouzas, and Cody Rudkowsky (twice).

Grubauer, who has held the opposition to two goals or less in six of his ten appearances for Reading, registered his second overtime win of the year in Wednesday’s 2-1 OT win against Elmira. That night he made twenty-seven saves on twenty-eight Elmira shots. He followed that up with his seventh straight win for the Royals—and his thirtieth career ECHL win—in Cincinnati on Friday, stopping sixteen of the eighteen shots he faced in Reading’s 4-2 win over the Cyclones.

The Royals return to action on Wednesday (November 21 @ 7:05 pm) when the South Carolina Stingrays visit the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pennsylvania for the first time this season. The first 1500 fans who are twenty-one years of age and older will receive a plastic pint glass courtesy of All-Star Distributing. There will also be a post-game spiral ham shoot. The Game Night Broadcast on Wednesday kicks off at 6:35 pm on ESPN Radio (1240 am and 98.5 fm). Royals Multi-Game Flex-Plans are available for the Royals 2012-13 season presented by Steve Moyer Subaru by calling the Royals’ office (610-898-7825) or by visiting www.royalshockey.com.

Davey Johnson Named NL Manager of the Year


Davey Johnson is the 2012 NL Manager of the Year. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Congratulations to Nationals Manager Davey Johnson, who was named National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. In 2012, Johnson’s first full season as Nationals skipper, he led Washington to an MLB-leading 98 wins, an NL East title and D.C.’s first postseason berth in 79 years. The Nationals either led the NL East or shared its top spot for all but 10 days this season, and owned the best run differential (+137) in Major League Baseball.

Along the way, the 69 year-old Johnson managed one of baseball’s top rotations (NL-best 3.40 rotation ERA). Meanwhile, his lineups produced 194 home runs (second in NL) to establish both franchise (1969-2012) and D.C. baseball (1901-’71, 2005-’12) single-season marks. Johnson registered his seventh 90-win campaign and joined Billy Martin as the game’s lone skippers to take four different teams to the postseason.

Also from the Press Release:
“Davey Johnson’s legacy was secure well before he became our manager in 2011, but his performance this season has to rate among his best work” said Mike Rizzo, Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. “He showed this club how to win despite being engaged in a pennant race for the first time. And he accomplished this with so many young players. It is no coincidence that under Davey’s watch, we witnessed breakout seasons from Ian Desmond, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler. I would like to offer my deepest congratulations and thanks to Davey and his family on behalf of the Lerner Family and our entire organization.”

Since assuming the Nationals’ managerial helm on June 27, 2011, Johnson’s Nationals are 138-107 (.563). In that same time span, only the Braves (139) have won more games among NL entries.

The BBWAA Manager of the Year award is the second of Johnson’s career. He won the AL version of the award in 1997 for his work with the Orioles, who posted the Junior Circuit’s top record (98-64, .605) that summer.

The 15-year duration between Johnson’s citations is the largest in the history of the BBWAA’s Manager of the Year Award, which was founded in 1983. Before tonight, Jim Leyland held the previous mark, as he went 14 seasons between earning his second (‘92 with Pittsburgh) and third (‘06 with Detroit) career managerial citations.

Johnson has authored six division titles (‘12 Nationals, ‘97 Orioles, ‘95 Reds, ‘94 Reds, ‘88 Mets, ‘86 Mets), one pennant (‘86 Mets) and one World Championship (‘86 Mets) during his stellar managerial career.

Also in 2012, Johnson registered his seventh 90-win campaign and joined Billy Martin (Twins, Tigers, Yankees, Athletics) as the game’s lone skippers to take four different teams to the postseason.

Among those to manage 1000 or more games, Johnson’s career winning percentage (1286-995, .564) ranks second among living managers behind his former skipper, Earl Weaver (.583).

Just three days ago (Sat, Nov. 10), the Nationals announced that Johnson will return in 2013 for his final managerial campaign before shifting to a consultant position with the Nationals in 2014.

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