WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Nationals GM Mike Rizzo delivered a fitting tribute to Davey Johnson prior to Johnson’s final home game as manager of the club on Sunday, and more than likely, his final game managing in Major League Baseball.
“Davey, first of all, this is not goodbye,” Rizzo opened. “Next season, you and I will continue you what we’ve started here, only you’ll have a new title. I imagine we’ll refer to you as Senior Adviser to the General Manger, with the emphasis on senior.”
“Anyhow, I want to take this opportunity to publicly my deepest and most sincere appreciation to you. When you took the helm in July of 2011, we were a team in distress. 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.
On June 23, 2011, with the Nationals above .500 at the latest point in the season they’d been in a season since 2005, manager Jim Riggleman resigned, citing the team’s refusal to express signs to pick up his option for him to remain with the organization the following season.