Sunday's game between the D-backs and the Nationals will be not only the end of the season for both teams, but the end of a storied career in baseball for Nationals manager Davey Johnson.
Johnson will retire as Washington's skipper following this season, a change that was prearranged before the team's disappointing campaign. He will remain with the team as a consultant.
Johnson combined to play in and manage more than 3,800 games, and he won the World Series twice as a player with the Orioles and also as manager of the 1986 Mets. The Nationals' 2-0 win Saturday ensured that he would finish with at least 300 more wins than losses as a Major League manager.
While Gio Gonzalez was ready to start Sunday for the Nationals at the request of Johnson, the team went back to Tanner Roark following Saturday night's victory.
After throwing six scoreless innings against the Padres in his most recent outing, Wade Miley will take the mound for the D-backs. While Arizona could salvage a .500 record with a win Sunday, it will finish second in the National League West regardless.
When asked about finishing in second place, manager Kirk Gibson responded with a story. More than 10 years ago, the D-backs' skipper saw a show by Jerry Seinfeld and met the comedian backstage.
"We introduced ourselves, and he asked how my year was going," Gibson said. "I think that year we finished in second place, so I said, 'You know, finishing second, there's no consolation.' So when we went to watch his show, he did about a half hour on finishing second -- 'You're the best of the worst!' he said.
"So, I mean, there's no consolation to it; I want to be in the playoffs so our guys can experience what it's all about. It's disheartening to not be in that position."
D-backs: Goldschmidt caps superb season
Sunday's game will mark the end of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt's tremendous All-Star season.
Goldschmidt is hitting .302 with 103 runs, 36 doubles, 36 home runs, 124 RBIs, 99 walks and 15 stolen bases. With a walk in Sunday's game, he will become just the eighth player since 1974 to finish a season with a .300 average, 100 runs scored, 30 doubles, 30 homers, 100 RBIs, 100 walks and 15 stolen bases.
When asked if in Spring Training he anticipated a season like this coming from Goldschmidt, Gibson said he was not entirely surprised.
"We saw him as a young emerging superstar, and he has proven that he is," Gibson said. "Extremely consistent player; that's why you see the numbers the way you do. It's his preparation and steady demeanor that drives his willingness to overcome."
Nationals: Rizzo discusses offseason priorities
General manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday that his top priority for the offseason was to hire a new manager. Bench coach Randy Knorr and third-base coach Trent Jewett are among the team's in-house contenders for the job.
Rizzo also said he hoped to sign shortstop Ian Desmond and All-Star Jordan Zimmermann to contract extensions.
"Desi is one of our core players; he is one of our leaders on the team," Rizzo said. "If there is a deal out there that we could get done, that would keep him here for the long-term, he is certainly up there in the priority list. But it has to be a deal we could both live with.
"Zimmermann is one of our own. We drafted, developed and signed him. He is one of the good pitchers in the league. We [would] certainly like to keep him long-term."
• Adam LaRoche missed Saturday's game with a sore left biceps, and he will also be held out of Sunday's lineup, ending his season.
• Chad Tracy started his first game in more than a month Saturday and hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, his first homer since June 17.
• The D-backs are the only team in the National League with three players who have hit 35 doubles this season: Goldschmidt (36), Gerardo Parra (43) and Martin Prado (36).
Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.