Davey Johnson wins National League Manager of the Year

Davey Johnson wins Manager of the Year for succeeding despite the Strasburg Shutdown

11/13/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 12, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson watches batting practice before game five of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIREWashington Nationals manager Davey Johnson is the 2nd member of his team to take home a major award, winning Manager of the Year a day after his outfielder Bryce Harper won Rookie of the Year.

Johnson led the Nationals to the best record in baseball at 98-64. The most controversial issue he had to deal with by far was the decision to sit ace Stephen Strasburg for the last month of the season.

Despite missing their best pitcher for about a month, the Nationals finished strong. They ended up getting eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, but the award voting was completed before the playoffs started anyway.

Johnson did a great job with a team loaded with young talent.

Congratulations to Davey Johnson and the Nationals, who had a fantastic season.
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