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The Nationals announced Monday that they’re picking up Johnson’s managerial option.
He took over as Washington’s manager in June, after Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned. The Nationals went 40-43 under Johnson and finished 80-81, in third place in the NL East.
Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday “it became obvious that the Nationals would be best served” if the 68-year-old Johnson continued in the role.
The Nationals are the fifth major league club managed by Johnson, who won World Series titles as a player and a skipper. Johnson led the Mets to the 1986 World Series and was the 1997 AL Manager of the Year with the Baltimore Orioles.