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50-year gap no big deal to Nats' Johnson, Harper

By Howard Fendrich

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson stands in the dugout during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park, in Washington. One's the oldest manager in the majors. The other put together the best season by a teen hitter since the 1960s. Davey Johnson, 69, and Bryce Harper, 19, were born a half-century apart, and they came together to help the Washington Nationals build the best record in baseball in 2012. "He's really not a kid; he's a man," Johnson says. "But he's a kid to me."

Alex Brandon, File, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper is 19 and looks and sounds the part, from his Mohawkish haircut to his tattoos and well-documented "clown question" 'tude.

His manager, Davey Johnson, is 69 and looks and sounds the part, from his graying hair and leathery skin to the near-whisper speaking voice that delivers tales of chats with Ted Williams.

Yes, Johnson and Harper were born a half-century apart. One's the oldest skipper in the majors. The other put together the best season by a teenage hitter since the 1960s. Able to meet somewhere in the middle, and united by a supreme sense of self-confidence, they figure to get plenty of attention when the NL East champion Nationals start postseason play Sunday.

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