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Nationals manager Davey Johnson would love to rekindle the magic of 1986, when he won a World Series with the New York Mets. (Associated Press)

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The Washington Nationals will begin searching for their 2012 manager immediately after the season concludes Wednesday ... and Davey Johnson may again be that man. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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associated press Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa is "maybe pound-for-pound the strongest guy on the team," says Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson watches batting practice with batting coach Rick Eckstein before a game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim Calif., on Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson watches batting practice before an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels. Even though he's been successful in his previous coaching tenures -- past success doesn't guarantee similar results now. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

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associated press Davey Johnson joined Frank Robinson (2005), Manny Acta (2007) and Jim Riggleman(2009) as Nationals managers to lose their debut game.

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, left, talks with Clyde Wright during batting practice before an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim Calif., on Monday, June 27, 2011. It was announced yesterday that Johnson had been named to replace Jim Riggleman who resigned last week. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

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Davey Johnson led the New York Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and was named American League Manager of the Year in 1997 with the Baltimore Orioles. He is 260 games over .500 for his career. (Associated Press)

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FILE - In this March 6, 2010, photo, Davey Johnson, second from right, a senior adviser for the Washington Nationals, stands in the dugout during a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets in Viera, Fla. Johnson was announced as the manager of the Nationals on Sunday, June 26, 2011, three days after Jim Riggleman stunned the team by resigning. Johnson will manage the rest of the season and his first game will be Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)