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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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Ivan Rodriguez becomes first former Nationals player to be voted into Hall of Fame

Ivan Rodriguez becomes first former Nationals player to be voted into Hall of Fame

Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez became the first former Nationals player (2005-present) to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. He was inducted in his first year of eligibility, marking the 52nd first-ballot hall of famer in history. 

Rodriguez, who was the first free agent signed by current Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, played the final two seasons of his career with Washington in 2010-11. During his time in D.C. he hit .254 six homers and 68 RBI. Pudge's greatest contribution to the Nationals came from his leadership and work ethic. He guided Stephen Strasburg through his rookie season and also helped develop Wilson Ramos so he could pass the torch to him. 

During his 21-year career, Pudge made 14 all-star teams, won 13 gold gloves, won seven silver slugger awards, led his league in caught-steeling percentage nine times, and was named American League MVP in 1999 with the Texas Rangers. He became a World Series champion in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. Pudge's 13 gold gloves are the most ever by a catcher, and his 2,844 career hits are the most ever by a player who appeared in 50 percent or more of their career games as a catcher.  

In addition to Rodriguez, former Montreal Expos great Tim Raines was inducted to the Hall of Fame. Raines is the franchise leader (Expos/Nationals) in walks (793), runs (947), stolen bases (635) and triples (82). Raines was an all-star seven times and he won a silver slugger in 1986 with the Expos. He is the only player in MLB history with at least 100 triples, 150 homers and 600 RBI in a career, and the only player to steal at least 70 bases in six consecutive seasons. 

Related: Bryce Harper wants Nationals to spend money on players, not team store

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Bryce Harper wants Nationals to invest in Matt Wieters, Greg Holland more than facilities

Bryce Harper wants Nationals to invest in Matt Wieters, Greg Holland more than facilities

Bryce Harper isn't one to keep his opinions to himself. The Nationals slugger is outspoken about what he wants, whether that's to "Make Baseball Fun Again" or to make at least $400 million on his next contract

On Wednesday, he gave his take on how the Nats should be investing their money this summer. Here's Harper responding to a tweet from ESPN's Jim Bowden.

Harper's message: Players over everything else. Sorry, gift shop. 

It's plain to see where the 2015 NL MVP is going with this. Obviously, he wants as much talent around him as possible for a chance to win the World Series. 

Matt Wieters, a four-time All-Star catcher, and Greg Holland, a two-time All-Star closer, could be significant additions to Washington's roster. 

Harper is set to become a free agent in 2018, at which point an organization like the New York Yankees will be prepared to offer him both a massive salary and a massive investment in the players around him.

The slugger probably hopes his current team will try to surround him with winning pieces in an effort to keep him. But if a report about the Nationals' reaction to his contract demands proves accurate, they may have another agenda. 

There's Harper drama around the Nationals? Just a regular Wednesday here in Washington.

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