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Hurdle gets to match wits with Nats' Johnson

PITTSBURGH -- As a journeyman outfielder during his playing days, Clint Hurdle played for a number of different managers. But now, Hurdle has a chance to match managerial wits with one of them -- which is why he is looking forward to the three-game series with the Washington Nationals that begins Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Hurdle played for Washington skipper Davey Johnson as a member of the Mets in 1985 and '87 (unfortunately for him, he detoured to St. Louis in 1986, when the Mets won the World Series).

The 69-year-old Johnson was "retired" for 10 1/2 years until replacing Jim Riggleman in the middle of last season -- and his decision to stay on the job is interpreted by Hurdle as a sign that the Nationals' fast start (18-9 entering Sunday with a game-and-a-half lead in the National League East) is not a mirage.

"For him to re-engage in that job ... there must be something significant going on for him to get involved," said Hurdle, who has "a lot of affection and respect" for Johnson.

PITTSBURGH -- As a journeyman outfielder during his playing days, Clint Hurdle played for a number of different managers. But now, Hurdle has a chance to match managerial wits with one of them -- which is why he is looking forward to the three-game series with the Washington Nationals that begins Tuesday night at PNC Park.

Hurdle played for Washington skipper Davey Johnson as a member of the Mets in 1985 and '87 (unfortunately for him, he detoured to St. Louis in 1986, when the Mets won the World Series).

The 69-year-old Johnson was "retired" for 10 1/2 years until replacing Jim Riggleman in the middle of last season -- and his decision to stay on the job is interpreted by Hurdle as a sign that the Nationals' fast start (18-9 entering Sunday with a game-and-a-half lead in the National League East) is not a mirage.

"For him to re-engage in that job ... there must be something significant going on for him to get involved," said Hurdle, who has "a lot of affection and respect" for Johnson.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.