Nationals make Johnson manager

CHICAGO — Davey Johnson was announced as the manager of the Washington Nationals on Sunday, three days after Jim Riggleman stunned the team by resigning.

Johnson will manage the rest of the season and his first game will be Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. He has been a senior adviser with the team since 2009, though he hasn't managed in the big leagues since 2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Johnson also agreed to a three-year consulting contract through 2013 that will allow him to remain with the team and help select a successor for next season. It could be him.

"Davey's a perfect fit for this job at this particular time. He's a guy with a track record that's beyond reproach. He knows the system, he knows the staff, he knows the major league club and he's a terrific baseball guy and a proved winning manager," general manager Mike Rizzo said.

Interim manager John McLaren ran the team for the third straight game in Sunday's series finale against the Chicago White Sox.


At Detroit, on the day the Detroit Tigers retired Sparky Anderson's number, former pitcher Milt Wilcox reflected on how the Hall of Fame manager might have felt if he'd been alive to see the ceremony.

"He wouldn't want all of the limelight and stuff like that — which he never did want — but he's such a great guy, and he deserves everything that they're showering on him now," Wilcox said. "More so than just being a baseball manager, he was just a great guy. I think that's what most of the players realized about him — yeah, he was a good manager, maybe even a great manager, but he was a great person."

The Tigers retired Anderson's No. 11 before Sunday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a celebration that included a video tribute and appearances by members of Anderson's family. Anderson, who died last November, managed Detroit to the World Series title in 1984.

Wilcox was one of several members of that team on hand Sunday, including Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and Arizona bench coach Alan Trammell. Lou Whitaker, the second baseman who played with Trammell as part of one of baseball's greatest double play combinations, was also at Comerica Park.

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