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Davey Johnson would have offered to walk away from Nationals if team hadn’t surged

Davey Johnson

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson looks on as his team takes batting practice before Game 5 of the National League division baseball series against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Nationals manager Davey Johnson says he would have offered to step down from his position if the team continued to fumble, rather than go on a 22-7 run since August 20. In Adam Kilgore’s column for the Washington Post, Johnson said:

“I always wanted to stay and give us a chance to win,” Johnson said. “But I’m team-first, organization-first, if we needed more information on in-house managers.”

Over the last 29 games, the Nationals’ previously-dormant offense came alive, averaging nearly 5.5 runs per game. Meanwhile, the pitching staff became even more of a stalwart, posting an aggregate 3.23 ERA in the same span of time. The Nationals enter tonight’s game against the Marlins at 82-71, five games out of the second NL Wild Card-leading Reds.

This is Johnson’s last season with the Nationals. He will shift into a role as a consultant with the team after the season, and the Nationals will begin a search for a new manager.

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