The official BBWAA awards don’t come out until after the World Series is over, but like the Golden Globes are for the Oscars, the Sporting News Awards are a precursor to the other awards. Voted on by his fellow N.L. managers, the Washington Nationals’ Davey Johnson narrowly beat out the Cincinnati Reds’ Dusty Baker as N.L. manager of the year.
Johnson told Sporting News:
“To be recognized by my fellow comrades, a particularly accomplished bunch, makes this award especially meaningful. I send my thanks to them and the folks at Sporting News, as well as the Lerner family and Mike Rizzo for giving me the opportunity to manage such a special, talented group of men. To put on the uniform every day and compete is an honor I never take for granted,” Johnson says.
There should be plenty of hardware coming the Nats way this post-season, and this award for Johnson is well deserved. Under his guidance, the Nats achieved their best-ever finish since the relocation in 2005, won the N.L. East and qualified for the playoffs before losing a heartbreaking deciding Game 5 to the St. Louis Cardinals.