Nats hire Davey Johnson as special consultant to GM

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals hired former major-league manager and player Davey Johnson on Wednesday as a special consultant to general manager Jim Bowden.

The 63-year-old Johnson will contribute to player personnel matters, including the evaluation and scouting of major- and minor-league players, the team said.

Johnson managed for 14 seasons in the majors with the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the Mets to a World Series championship in 1986 and a division title in 1988.

Bowden was the GM of the Reds teams that Johnson guided to back-to-back division championships in 1994 and '95. Johnson was named American League manager of the year in 1997 when he took the Orioles to a division title.

More recently, Johnson coached the Dutch team at the Athens Olympics, managed the United States team in an Olympic qualifying tournament and was a bench coach for the U.S. team at the World Baseball classic.