The Nationals have made Davey Johnson the fourth manager in team history, and he will manage his first game Monday when the Nats open a three-game interleague series against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.
Johnson owns a .564 career winning percentage (1,148-888) in 14 seasons as a manager with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He won a World Series with the Mets in 1986, but hasn't managed since being fired by the Dodgers following the 2000 season.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters in Chicago before Saturday's interleague game against the White Sox. Johnson, who had been serving as a senior adviser to Rizzo since November 2009, takes over the permanent manager's job vacated when Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned following Thursday's home victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Bench coach John McLaren was promoted to interim manager late Thursday and skippered the Nationals on Friday, when they won their 12th game in 13 tries with a 14-inning, 9-5 victory over the White Sox. McLaren will remain at the helm through the weekend in Chicago before the Johnson era begins in Anaheim on Monday. At that point, McLaren will resign his role on the coaching staff for a scouting job in the front office.