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Interview: Davey Johnson on the Nats new season

Saturday - 3/31/2012, 9:36am  ET

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson poses for a portrait on photo day at baseball spring training on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in Viera, Fla. At 69, Johnson is the oldest manager in the major leagues this season. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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WTOP's Craig Heist talks with Dave Johnson about the upcoming season.

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Craig Heist, wtop.com

VIERA, Fla. Davey Johnson begins his 15th season as a Major League manager and his second season with the Nationals.

Johnson became the manager of the Nationals last year on June 26, taking over for Jim Riggleman who resigned unexpectedly three days earlier. He managed the team the rest of the season and the Nationals announced Johnson would be their skipper for the 2012 campaign in October.

Johnson's managerial career has included stints with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers and now the Nationals.

He won a World Series Championship in 1986 with Mets, led the Reds to the NL Central title in 1995 and got the Orioles to the American League Championship Series in 1996 and 97.

He has also managed Team USA in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, 2006 World Baseball Classic and the 2008 Summer Olympics.

There are high expectations for the Nationals as they get ready to start the season on Thursday when they face the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Johnson has made it known to anyone who will listen; he feels the Nationals are ready to make a run in the National League East and content for a division title.

I sat down with Johnson on Friday and talked to him about his team, his managerial style and his outlook for the upcoming season.

Take a listen and enjoy the season.

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