October 31, 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.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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