November 26, 2014

Washington Nationals Davey Johnson voted NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News

Davey Johnson readies his troops for the post-season. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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.

NATS: Adam LaRoche finished second in Sporting News NL Comeback Player of the Year voting

Congratulations to Washington Nationals First Baseman Adam LaRoche!

Adam LaRoche finished second in the Sporting News’ NL Comeback Player of the Year voting, just two votes behind San Francisco Giants’ Catcher Buster Posey.

Adam LaRoche smiling at fans welcoming him back after missing a few games – Philadelphia Philles v. Washington Nationals, August 1, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

FORMER NATS: Adam Dunn Named The Sporting News AL Comeback Player of the Year

Congratulations to former Washington Nationals First Baseman Adam Dunn!

Adam Dunn was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

Dunn, 32, batted .204 (110-539) with 41 home runs, 96 RBI, 105 walks and 87 runs scored in 151 games with the White Sox in 2012.

Adam Dunn in Washington Nationals dugout 2010 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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