Nationals manager Davey Johnson to rest starters once team clinches division

Monday September 24th, 2012

National manager Davey Johnson plans to rest his starters once his team clinches the NL East. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has an idea on how to prepare his team for the playoffs. Rest them.

Johnson said he plans on resting his starters once his team clinches the National League East. The Nationals are already assured of at least a wild-card berth and have baseball's best record at 92-60.

“I really don’t give a rat’s ass what somebody thinks about my club and who I put on the field to either help somebody else or I’m not supposed to rest my regulars after we clinch it, I’m resting my regulars. End of conversation," Johnson told
SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.