CHICAGO (AP) – Davey Johnson has been hired as manager of the Washington Nationals, three days after Jim Riggleman stunned the team by resigning.
Johnson’s hiring was announced Sunday and his first game in charge will be Monday against the Los Angeles Angels.
He has been a senior adviser with the team since 2009.
He last managed in the majors in 2000.
Interim manager John McLaren ran the team for a third straight game in Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago White Sox.
McLaren, Riggleman’s bench coach and friend, will leave the team after the game and be reassigned to scouting duties within the organization.
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