April 1, 1990 |
Davey Johnson could see it coming, but there wasn't much he could do. It was like being tied to the tracks with a runaway train headed in your direction. "I don't know how many teams go through a transition period and stay in it (the pennant race) all year," said the former Baltimore Oriole second baseman, who came close to becoming the ex-manager of the New York Mets last year. "That kind of situation has gotten a lot of managers fired." It appeared that Johnson came close to joining the ranks.
October 13, 1997 |
Davey Johnson considers Orel Hershiser a friend--they both live in Orlando in the off-season and belong to the same golf club--but that didn't stop the Oriole manager from accusing the Indian right-hander of cheating, sparking a mini-controversy at Jacobs Field on Sunday. "I know from my experience that Orel likes to put water on the back of his neck," Johnson said. "He prefers to have the ball moist as opposed to dry, and he will get water wherever he can get it."
September 29, 1985 |
Even after he had been informed the ship had struck an iceberg, the captain of the Titanic never let on to his crew all the anguish he felt inside. That just isn't done at sea. It would go against the maritime code. This is as good a place as any to set the record straight about that captain. He wasn't out getting ice at the time. Nor is Davey Johnson, the skipper of the Mets, who's trying to to keep them from going under and the Cardinals from waving goodby to them in the NL East.
October 4, 1987
Two managers, Davey Johnson of the New York Mets and Dick Williams of the Seattle Mariners, said they will give up their jobs after the 1988 season. The Mets announced that Johnson, 44, will relinquish the managerial post and become a special assistant to Joe McIlvaine, vice president for baseball operations, beginning in 1989. Williams, 58, told the Seattle Times he will retire after one more year, which will be his 42nd in baseball.
July 23, 1989 |
Davey Johnson hates team meetings. He hated them when, as a player in Baltimore, Earl Weaver made him sit through them. He hates them just the same when he, as manager of the Mets, makes his players do the same. "I think meetings are distasteful," Johnson said disdainfully Wednesday. "If you have to have one, it's all in the timing. Always have one before Dwight Gooden pitches or after Sid Fernandez strikes out 16. Don't have 'em on days (Jim) Deshaies pitches."
May 29, 1993 |
For Cincinnati Red Manager Davey Johnson, it was a game to remember. For Met pitcher Anthony Young, it was another one to forget. Young tied a team record with his 19th consecutive loss, and the Reds made Johnson's return to Shea Stadium a success Friday night with a 5-2 victory over New York in 10 innings. "Winning was important to me tonight because I won a lot of games here," said Johnson, the winningest manager in Mets' history. "I wanted to come in here and win.