By Will Yoder
October 31, 2011

The Washington Nationals have officially announced today that they will exercise the option on manager Davey Johnson’s contract for the 2012 season, the team said in a statement.

“After a series of discussions, it became obvious that the Nationals would be best served if Davey Johnson would continue as manager,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “Davey’s remarkable connection to the clubhouse and D.C. community during the season’s final three months was well received. His baseball acumen coupled with a proper off-season of planning, including a full regiment of Spring Training, should put our players in a position to succeed in 2012.”

Johnson took over the youthful Nationals mid-season in 2011 after incumbent manager Jim Riggleman suddenly resigned due to a contract dispute. The 68-year-old, who had previously served as an advisor to the club, helped lead the team to a 40-43 record in the 80 games he managed.

The Nationals finished the season with a 80-81 record, marking their second best record in the franchise’s short history. Washington also finished the season strong, winning eight-of-their-final ten games, which was second only to the Texas Rangers who finished the season by winning nine-of-their-final 10 games.

Johnson is best known for leading the 1986 New York Mets to a World Series championship over the Boston Red Sox. In his career he has posted a 1188-931 record as a manager.

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