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The Sporting News named Nationals Manager Davey Johnson the National League Manager of the Year, an award voted on by a panel of 17 major league managers.

The honor is not generally regarded as the major manager of the year award; that will come next after the conclusion of the World Series, as voted on by the Baseball Writers of America Association. But the Sporting News’s award is based on votes from Johnson’s peers, which made the award meaningful to him.

“To be recognized by my fellow comrades, a particularly accomplished bunch, makes this award especially meaningful,” Johnson told the Sporting News. “I send my thanks to them and the folks at Sporting News, as well as the Lerner family and Mike Rizzo for giving me the opportunity to manage such a special, talented group of men. To put on the uniform every day and compete is an honor I never take for granted.”

Johnson led the Nationals to a 98-win season, an improvement of 18 wins over 2011 and 29 over 2010. He guided the Nationals’ young roster through a cavalcade of injuries to key players, and his swashbuckling style injected confidence into a first-time contender.

Orioles Manager Buck Showalter won the American League award.