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On 10/31/2011 11:30 AM in MLB
By Matt Snyder

As expected, the Washington Nationals have decided to keep manager Davey Johnson for the 2012 season. The team made an official announcement Monday morning -- coincidentally, it was made during the Cardinals' press conference to announce Tony La Russa's retirement.

Johnson, 68, took over for Washington June 27, a few days after Jim Riggleman unexpectedly resigned over what appeared to be a monetary dispute. The Nationals would go 40-43 under Johnson, finishing third place in the NL East -- the highest finish ever as the Washington Nationals. It should be noted, of course, that the Nationals were 40-38 when he took over, however.

The Nationals do have a promising future, with a good, young nucleus starting to emerge at the big-league level and talented youngsters like Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon just a season or two away.

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