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Davey Johnson will stay away from spring training next year

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The emotions surrounding Manager Davey Johnson’s last day as Nationals manager, his last day in a big league uniform, seem to have affected everyone but him. He fiddled with his remote and watched Blue Jays-Rays in his office. Reporters asked him about his emotions, if it had hit him yet. He talked about managing in the Florida Collegiate Summer League and a trip to Bora Bora and coaching baseball in Australia. Johnson does not see the end. He sees what’s next.

“It’s not like I’m dying tomorrow,” Johnson said. “Good lord. There’ll be something I can do.”

One thing Johnson will not do, he said, is come to Nationals’ spring training next year. He’s planning to take his trip to Bora Bora in April or May – “when the best fishing is,” he said. General Manager Mike Rizzo said yesterday he expected Johnson to be in Viera, Fla. to serve in his senior advisor role during spring training.

“Davey’s going to be a consultant for us, and we’ll see him throughout spring training,” Rizzo said. “He’ll be meandering through our minor league system not only looking at our players but also helping our coaches and managers, learning their craft, evaluating them and helping them improve. He’s going to be an important piece for us and a guy who I can bounce a lot of things off.”

Johnson, though, suggested it would not be appropriate for him to hang around camp “out of respect” to the Nationals’ next manager.   “Whoever is the manager, I think probably me being in uniform in spring training is not a good idea,” Johnson said. “Just out of respect for who’s there. A day like today, I’m passing the baton a little bit to some of my coaches. Whoever is in this uniform next year, I want them to be putting it on without them thinking I want it back. Because I don’t.”

In his last day, Johnson said he will “probably” allow his coaches to run the game. “I haven’t really thought about it too much.”

The Nationals, after ensuring Johnson will finish his career 300 games above .500 last night, will use a lineup of call-ups, rookies and bench players. Jayson Werth was originally in the lineup because he wanted to reach the 130-game plateau for the season. After taking part in a team paintball outing last night – seriously – Werth will settle for 129. Scott Hairston is hitting third and playing right.


1. Jeff Kobernus, LF

2. Antony Rendon, 3B

3. Scott Hairston, RF

4. Tyler Moore, 1B

5. Zach Walters, SS

6. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

7. Eury Perez, CF

8. Jhonatan Solano, C

9. Tanner Roark, SP


1. Willie Bloomquist, SS

2. Adam Eaton, LF

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Martin Prado, 3B

5. Aaron Hill, 2B

6. A.J. Pollock, CF

7. Gerrardo Parra, RF

8. Tuffy Goeswich, C

9. Wade Miley, SP

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.



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Adam Kilgore · September 29, 2013