The Nationals, as was widely expected, have convinced Davey Johnson, the World Series-winning manager who was serving as a senior adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo, to come back to the dugout.
Johnson will be the Nationals' next manager, team and industry sources confirmed, replacing Jim Riggleman after he resigned yesterday. John McLaren is managing the Nationals tonight, but Johnson will manage the team the rest of this season and next season, sources said.
The 68-year-old Johnson last managed in 2000. He won a World Series with the Mets in 1986, and took the Orioles to the playoffs in 1996 and 1997, winning American League Manager of the Year honors in 1997. He has a .543 career winning percentage, and has been above .500 with all four teams he's managed - the Mets, Reds, Orioles and Dodgers.
More on this later tonight.