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Johnson likely will continue with the Nationals in a consulting capacity, and his presence will still be felt. But this future Hall of Fame skipper who has played with great players like Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron, and managed Hall of Famers like Cal Ripken and Barry Larkin, wants to go back to the beginning.

“I want to give something back,” he said. “I want to work with these kids.”

Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and espn980.com.