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Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Johnson to manage team of minor leaguers


DURHAM, N.C. -- Davey Johnson will return to the dugout in search of another title.

On Wednesday, USA Baseball named Johnson manager for the team of minor leaguers that will represent the United States in the 2005 IBAF World Cup in The Netherlands beginning Sept. 2.

"I'm looking forward to the opportunity to wear the uniform of the United States and to the challenge of trying to bring the baseball World Cup back to America for the first time since 1974," Johnson said.

A manager for four major league teams over 14 seasons, Johnson has compiled a 1,148-888 record. In 1986, he guided the New York Mets to a World Series title in a dramatic seven-game series with the Boston Red Sox.

Johnson, a four-time All-Star in his 13 seasons as a player with four teams, was named the American League Manager of the Year in 1997 after leading the Baltimore Orioles to an East Division title.

"Davey brings a great managerial style and major league experience to the position," USA Baseball general manager Bob Watson said. "We're excited to have him lead Team USA into this competition."

In addition to the hiring of Johnson, Rick Eckstein was named bench coach, Scott Radinsky pitching coach and Lee May Jr. hitting coach.