Nationals' Johnson reflects on Stairs' career

Nationals' Johnson reflects on Stairs' career

DENVER -- Davey Johnson didn't manage Matt Stairs for long, but the former Washington first baseman, who announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday, left an impression nonetheless.

Though feeling under the weather on Thursday, Johnson took time to reflect on the career of Stairs, who played in 56 games for the Nationals in a reserve role this season.

"He had a good, long career," Johnson said. "He was very well-liked and respected around here."

Stairs' charisma and positive influence in the clubhouse leads Johnson to believe the former slugger will be successful in his next endeavor.

"I heard he's coaching a [hockey] team," Johnson said. "I'm sure he'll be good at that."

During his 19-year Major League career, Stairs hit .262 with 262 home runs and 899 RBIs.