Long time Major League Baseball player and manager Davey Johnson was honored prior to the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins day/night doubleheader on Sunday.
The 2012 manager of the year and owner of a 1,369-1,066 career managing record, Johnson is retiring from managing after the season at the age of 70.
“Davey, first of all, this is not goodbye. Next season, you and I will continue what we started here, only you’ll have a new title. I imagine we’ll refer to you as senior adviser to the general manager, with the emphasis on ‘senior,’” general manager Mike Rizzo said in a video presented before the game, according to a report from the Associated Press.
“For a variety of reasons our young team, while talented, was suffering a crisis of confidence and needed a steady hand. You were that steady hand, Davey,” Rizzo said.
Davy Johnson guided the Nationals to their first ever playoff appearance in 2012.
Always a popular manager around the league with not only his fans, but other team’s fan bases and coaches, Johnson served on the coaching staff of the All Star game with San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy earlier this year, and today was presented with an engraved Tiffany crystal by the Nationals as a retirement gift.