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Davey reiterates that 2013 opener is likely last

WASHINGTON -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson sat down for his first pregame press conference of the season on Monday and confirmed that this will be his last Opening Day as manager.

"It's my last one sitting right here talking to you," Johnson said. "I don't know what's in store for me. I have no idea. My wife talks about traveling, and then she also wonders what I'm going to be doing for a job. She wants me to keep working; she wants to retire. So that's another little battle going on. I want to keep working, so we'll see."

Johnson previously has said this will be his last season as the Nationals' manager. When asked if there are any combination of circumstances that could lead to him returning as manager, Johnson said, "probably not."

"I've mentioned it before, I think I'm the person for the challenge this year," Johnson said. "I think the development of this ballclub can culminate in the end of this year. Then I'll probably turn it over to a younger, more energetic manager. That's my thought."

Johnson could likely stay on with the team as a consultant, as he was before former manager Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned in 2011. Or he could leave baseball entirely. Even Johnson, as of Monday, sounded unsure about what his future holds.

"I don't really go back, and I don't go too far ahead," he said. "That's the way I live."

Tom Schad is an associate reporter for Andrew Simon is a contributor to
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