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Don’t overlook Davey Johnson’s HOF resume

By: Corey Parkinson

Davey Johnson maybe wasn't the biggest named manager of his era but has as great a resume as anybody.

Davey Johnson maybe wasn’t the biggest named manager of his era but has as great a resume as anybody.

Finally, Davey Johnson’s name is on the ballot for possible induction into Cooperstown and it’s time to put him where he belongs and immortalize his accomplishments and contributions to the sport of baseball.

Johnson was an all-star second basemen for the Orioles and the Mets, but he was one of those lifetime managers who led every team he was in charge of to success. He’s often overshadowed by the likes of Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Tommy Lasorda and Tony LaRussa from his own era, but it’s hard to look past his numbers.

Maybe because he was going against those guy it’s hard to see him as an elite manager of his own era, but he did win a World Series with the Mets in 1986 and six division titles. His teams always progressed and were better at the end of is tenure than they were in the beginning. Maybe one of the most notable jobs he did was with with the Baltimore Orioles. He took them to back-to-back ALCS’ in 1996 and 1997 before he resigned after confrontations with ownership. The Orioles sunk after he left, going from 98 wins in 1997 to 79 wins in 1998 with pretty much the same roster. The Orioles suffered 15-years of misery after Johnson resigned.

Aside from a two-year stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers he led every team to the playoffs: The Mets in ’86 and ’88, the Reds in ’95, the Orioles in ’96 and ’97 and the Nationals in 2012. For his career, Johnson has 1,372 wins and a 56.2-winning percentage. He holds more wins than Hall of Fame managers Ned Hanlon, Whitey Herzog and Joe Cronin.

Amazingly, Johnson is a guy who won in so many different eras of baseball. He won in the 80s with the Mets, then the 90s with the Reds and Orioles. Then, amazingly he took an 11-year hiatus from managing and led the Nationals to a division title.

His low-key and positive approach to managing made him a very respected manager among his players. He wasn’t one to sit back if he he felt a bad call was made. He watched the game from the dugout as if it was a chess match. Players like Cal Ripken Jr, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Jason Werth and Bryce Harper never had anything but positive things to say about him.

If there is a more deserving manager than Johnson for induction into The National Baseball Hall of Fame, it’s a very short list. For all his success as a player and success as a manager that even far surpasses that, he belongs in there.

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Corey Parkinson

Staff Writer
Corey grew up a sports fanatic and an athlete. A baseball player up until he was 18, his passion and love for the game has remained unchanged. From the time he was five if it involved a ball that you threw or kicked, Corey was all in. His passion for journalism began at the age of 10 when he wrote a play about a World Series involving the Seattle Mariners and The New York Mets. As a Sports Media and Marketing major currently at Full Sail University, Corey is working his way to becoming an MLB beat writer. Writing for SoMuchSports.com has given him the platform to share his knowledge and passion for sports and primarily his undying love for baseball.

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