Davey Johnson Named Sporting News National League Manager Of The Year

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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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