LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — It’s all or nothing for Davey Johnson in his final season.
The newly crowned National League Manager of the Year says 2013 will be his final year as skipper of the Washington Nationals and he wants to go out with a bang.
“This is it for me, boys. It’s World Series or bust,” Johnson told the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan.
To help make it happen, Johnson says re-signing Adam LaRoche is the team’s top priority. The first baseman recently rejected the Nationals’ qualifying offer and is now a free agent, putting his return in doubt.
Getting relief pitcher Sean Burnett to re-sign is also critical according to the skipper.
Johnson knows expectations for rookie of the year Bryce Harper will be astronomical in 2013.
“I guarantee you his expectations are leading the league in hitting,” he said. “But, he’ll probably hit .300 next year and show a little more power. He is just a smart young player with a ton of talent!”
On Tuesday, Harper told The Fan he is also working on improving his speed for next season.
Also of note, Johnson reiterated his plans to add Christian Garcia to the starting rotation.
“He has really good stuff,” he said. “Even better than (Edwin) Jackson.”
But before pitchers and catchers report and hopes of a late October push can begin to build, the 69-year-old manager is being honored for a remarkable 2012 campaign that saw the first postseason baseball in the nation’s capital since 1933.
“The guys did a heck of a job, I’m really proud of them,” he said.
Johnson Interview with The Junkies