Nationals name ex-Orioles manager D. Johnson advisor

Ex-Oriole Dave Johnson named advisor to Nationals

November 19, 2009|By Sports Digest

Davey Johnson, the Orioles' former All-Star second baseman who was the last manager to lead the club to a winning season, has taken a job with the Washington Nationals. Johnson, 66, will be a senior advisor to general manager Mike Rizzo. In that capacity, he'll be a full-time member of the Nationals, working on special assignments for Rizzo. Johnson had worked for the Nationals in 2006, but in a less formal consultant position. Johnson spent 13 seasons as a major leaguer, including his first eight with the Orioles, in which he won two World Series titles. He also managed for 14 years, compiling a 1,148-888 record with four teams. He managed the Orioles in 1996 and 1997, both times taking the club to the American League Championship Series. The Orioles have not been over .500 since Johnson resigned following the 1997 season. Johnson also managed Team USA to a semifinals berth in the World Baseball Classic last spring.

- Dan Connolly

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