Davey Johnson before Game 5 of the NLDS, a game that he and pretty much everybody here would like to forget.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has been named the 2012 Sporting News National League Manager of the Year.
“To be recognized by my fellow comrades, a particularly accomplished bunch, makes this award especially meaningful," Johnson said in a statement. "To put on the uniform every day and compete is an honor I never take for granted."
In his first full season as manager, Johnson led the Nationals to a Major League-leading 98 wins and the team's first division championship since moving to D.C. in 2005, which was also the first for the Nationals/Expos franchise since 1981.
This is Johnson's second managerial award; he earned the official honor -- which is voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America -- in the American League with the Baltimore Orioles in 1997.
Speaking of the Orioles, Buck Showalter earned Sporting News' AL Manager of the Year Award, making it a clean sweep for the Mid-Atlantic region.
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