The Nationals may not have won the big trophy, but they certainly aren’t leaving the 2012 season without collecting a substantial amount of hardware.
Johnson obtained 23 of the 32 first-place votes, and 131 total votes, beating out second and third-place candidates Dusty Baker and Bruce Bochy by 54 (77) and 70 (61) respectively. Baker and Bochy both led their clubs to division titles, Bochy via overcoming the luxurious, expensive Dodgers and then winning the World Series, however, Johnson led the Nationals to the best record in baseball (98-64) and did so while dealing with a plethora of injuries and controversy surrounding You Know Who.
Johnson became the fourth manager in Nationals history following Jim Riggleman‘s abrupt resignation in mid-2011. The club has a 138-101 record since Johnson was named manager, and improved on last year’s record (80-81) by 18 wins this year, setting the record for wins since the Nationals moved to Washington, D.C in 2005.