Johnson has 'unfinished business' with Nats

Johnson has 'unfinished business' with Nats
October 17, 2012, 12:15 pm
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Many expect Davey Johnson to be back with the Nationals next season for a variety of reasons. He is still under contract, seemed to have a lot of fun with the 2012 club, and has dropped several hints along the way about planning for “next year.”

But on Tuesday he may have dropped his clearest hint yet in an article with The Washington Post. While looking back to the team’s stunning loss in Game 5 to the Cardinals, Johnson told The Post that if things had gone differently he may have walked away.

“If we’d have won a World Series, I might have pulled a [Tony] LaRussa,” he said.

LaRussa won the World Series in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals and decided to retire just three days later.

Johnson explained how the storybook ending of winning a World Series and calling it a career had been in his mind, and with the loss he may need another shot at a championship.

“Is there some unfinished business? Yeah, there’s some unfinished business,” he said.

Johnson says the decision is in the hands of ownership and basically said he wants to be back. The Nationals likely won’t comment on the issue until after the World Series ends later this month, but technically since he is under contract the bigger news would be if he stepped down.

Johnson is considered by many to have a decent case for the Hall of Fame and his success with the Nationals could put him over the top. He is now just the second manager to take four different MLB franchises to the playoffs and has won three World Series in his career, two as a player and one while managing the 1986 New York Mets.

Johnson came out of retirement in the middle of the 2011 season to coach the Nationals and now holds a 138-107 mark with the team. He led Washington to 98 wins in 2012 and their first N.L. East division championship.