Davey Johnson will return as Washington Nationals manager in 2012.
After going through the motions of a managerial search, the worst kept secret in history was made official today by the Washington Nationals: Davey Johnson will return as manager for the 2012 season.
Davey immediately set the bar pretty low for what he expects out of the Nats in 2012:
"Winning the pennant. Winning the division. Winning the National League. I couldn't have said that last spring. I didn't think the talent was ready. But after being there and seeing the progress that some of the young players made, I think we definitely can contend. And I would be sorely disappointed if we didn't do just that."
(Davey Johnson, via NatsInsider, 10/31/2011)
That's a far cry from the sentiment around these parts this time last year, when the hope was to finish .500; but that's what a strong finish can do to you. April 5th can't get here soon enough...
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