Nationals manager Davey Johnson has been named the National League manager of the year by Sporting News magazine. The 69-year-old skipper led Washington to the best record in the majors at 98-64, an improvement of 18 wins from the season before.
Johnson was a heavy favorite for the honor and is likely to receive the official award from the Baseball Writers Association of America. BBWAA announces their manager of the year winners on November 13.
The Nationals are the fifth team Johnson has coached in his 16-year managerial career. He took over in the middle of the 2011 season and led the Nats to a record of 40-43 over the final 83 games. 2012 was his first full season with the team.
Johnson and the Nats won the National League East for the first time since the franchise moved to Washington, D.C. The Nats began the season hot with a 14-4 record in their first 18 games and were in first place from May 22 through the end of the season on October 3. They won the division with a four-game lead over the Atlanta Braves.
The Nationals reached the playoffs and became the first D.C. postseason baseball team since 1933. They faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series and lost in five games.
“To be recognized by my fellow comrades, a particularly accomplished bunch, makes this award especially meaningful. To put on the uniform every day and compete is an honor I never take for granted,” Johnson said in a press release.
Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles won the award for the American League.
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals today with Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and newly acquired catcher Derek Norris.
If team's and players didn't agree to contracts by today's 1 p.m. ET deadline, an independent arbitrator will rule on the contract at a later date and decide how much the player will play for in 2017.
Harper and the Nationals agreed to a $13.625 million deal, which was significantly more than the $9.3 million contract that was projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Last season, coming off his 2015 MVP campaign, Harper made $5 million. The 24-year-old will be a free agent after the 2018 season.
Harper is coming off a disappointing season by his standards, in which he hit just .243 with 24 homers, which was way down from his total of 42 dingers in 2015.
According to multiple reports, Rendon signed for $5.8 million, Roark signed for $4.315 million and Norris' deal was for $4.2 million.
Roark made just $543,400 last season, which he vastly out-performed. Roark was one of the most consistent pitchers in the National League last year as he won 16 games and posted a 2.83 ERA in 210 innings of work.
With today's signings, all of the Nationals' arbitration-eligible players are under contract for 2017.
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Nationals star Bryce Harper has a bold fashion sense, that's for sure. Just take a look at that hair. But he a more romantic fashion risk for his own wedding with a custom suit jacket.
He opted for a navy blue tuxedo with black piping. It was the lining that really stood out as special.
If you look closely, you'll see photos of Harper and his wife, Kayla, decorating the lining of the jacket.
There's also the date of wedding and script reading "Mr. and Mrs. Harper."
He credited the makers of his tuxedo, Stitched, in the tweet.
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