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Johnson has 'unfinished business' with Nats

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Johnson has 'unfinished business' with Nats

Many expect Davey Johnson to be back with the Nationals next season for a variety of reasons. He is still under contract, seemed to have a lot of fun with the 2012 club, and has dropped several hints along the way about planning for “next year.”

But on Tuesday he may have dropped his clearest hint yet in an article with The Washington Post. While looking back to the team’s stunning loss in Game 5 to the Cardinals, Johnson told The Post that if things had gone differently he may have walked away.

“If we’d have won a World Series, I might have pulled a [Tony] LaRussa,” he said.

LaRussa won the World Series in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals and decided to retire just three days later.

Johnson explained how the storybook ending of winning a World Series and calling it a career had been in his mind, and with the loss he may need another shot at a championship.

“Is there some unfinished business? Yeah, there’s some unfinished business,” he said.

Johnson says the decision is in the hands of ownership and basically said he wants to be back. The Nationals likely won’t comment on the issue until after the World Series ends later this month, but technically since he is under contract the bigger news would be if he stepped down.

Johnson is considered by many to have a decent case for the Hall of Fame and his success with the Nationals could put him over the top. He is now just the second manager to take four different MLB franchises to the playoffs and has won three World Series in his career, two as a player and one while managing the 1986 New York Mets.

Johnson came out of retirement in the middle of the 2011 season to coach the Nationals and now holds a 138-107 mark with the team. He led Washington to 98 wins in 2012 and their first N.L. East division championship.

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report. 

Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:

"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."

"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.

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