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06/07/2006 4:32 PM ET
Nationals name Davey Johnson as Special Consultant to the General Manager
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WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals today named former major league manager and player Davey Johnson as Special Consultant to Vice President/General Manager Jim Bowden. Johnson, 63, will contribute to player personnel matters, including the evaluation and scouting of major and minor league players.

Johnson most recently served as the bench coach for Team USA at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March. Last November, he managed Team USA to a perfect 5-0 record in the CONCEBE North American Regional Olympic Qualifying Tournament to advance to this August's COPABE Olympic America's Tournament in Havana, Cuba.

In September 2005, Johnson took Team USA to the IBAF World Cup in The Netherlands, where the American squad finished in seventh place.

Johnson posted 1,148 wins as a big league manager from 1984-2000, a total that ranks 38th on the all-time managerial wins list. He notched a .564 winning percentage (1,148-888) overall as a manager with the Mets (1984-90), Reds (1993-95), Orioles (1996-97) and Dodgers (1999-2000). Johnson skippered the Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and to a division title in 1988. He then led the Reds under then-General Manager Jim Bowden to back-to-back division championships in 1994-95. Johnson also took the Orioles to a division title in 1997, a feat that earned him American League Manager of the Year honors.

Johnson was a three-time All-Star and three-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner during his playing days from 1965-78.

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