PHILADELPHIA — Condolences go out to Davey Johnson, senior advisor to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, and his family as they mourn the passing of Johnson’s stepson Jake, who passed away Tuesday from infection and pneumonia. He was 34.
“On behalf of the Washington Nationals organization, it is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I announced the passing of Michael Jacob ‘Jake’ Allen,” Rizzo said in a statement.
Both Johnson and his wife Susan, along with Jake’s siblings were by his side at an Orlando, Fla., hospital at the time of his passing.
“Though hearing and visually impaired since birth, it is Jake’s fighting spirit for which he shall be remembered,” Rizzo said. “Anyone who knows of Davey and Susan’s limitless devotion to Jake and the positive energy they brought to his life cannot help but stand humbled.
“Their enormous impact on programs and services for the disabled community reflects not only their love for Jake, but also a deep sense of compassion and responsibility.”
Johnson has been working for the Nationals as an advisor to Rizzo since November, 2009 after a lengthy career as both a player and a manager. Johnson led the 1997 Baltimore Orioles to a 98-64 record, earning him American League Manager of the Year honors. He won World Series titles as a player with the Orioles in 1966 and 1970 and as a manager with the Mets in 1986.
In lieu of flowers, the Johnson family requests that contributions be made, in Jake’s memory, to Lighthouse Central Florida in Orlando. A memorial service honoring Jake will take place at Florida Hospital Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Orlando on Friday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m.