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On 10/31/2011 11:30 AM in MLB

NATIONALS RETAIN DAVEY JOHNSON AS MANAGER

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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