Ron Darling: Davey Johnson To Nationals Spells Trouble For Mets

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — 68-year-old Davey Johnson, who will be forever remembered in New York for leading the Mets to the 1986 World Series title, is returning to the dugout — for the Nationals.

Johnson will take over the club on Monday. Former Washington manager Jim Riggleman resigned abruptly Thursday after the Nationals beat Seattle, unhappy that general manager Mike Rizzo declined to have a conversation about picking up his option for 2012. The departure was stunning for its timing: Including Sunday’s victory, the Nationals have won 13 of their last 15 games.

“If you’re a Mets fan, it’s a sad day,” former pitcher for the 1986 Mets and current SNY analyst Ron Darling told the New York Daily News, “because he’ll make them winners.”

As it stands, the Mets are looking up at the third-place Nationals in the NL East.

Johnson’s official announcement came Sunday. Now, he will return to a team that has played well lately and has a bright future with a young star in 18-year-old Bryce Harper, who is tearing up Class-A ball, and with 22-year-old right-hander Stephen Strasburg expected to recover from elbow surgery.

“Davey is smart enough that he wouldn’t step into a situation if he didn’t know it was right,” Darling told the paper. “He knows when to go all in.”

Even though he hasn’t managed in the majors for 11 years, Johnson did skipper Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic and 2008 Olympics. Two summers ago, he managed amateur players in a Florida collegiate league.

“He wins the World Series in ’86 with the Mets,” Nationals hurler Livan Hernandez said. “It’s perfect. He’s a great manager and he’s got a lot of history.”

Is Davey Johnson in a Nationals uniform really bad for the Mets? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Marie

    Why is COLLINS getting so much praise?

    The METS were more games above 500 at this point last year. They had keyBeltran…players out

  • Paul D

    Darling is always spot- on. That’s exactly what my reaction was when I read the news. But I think Collins is for real. And that’s an All-Star front office they have now. I think they’re going in the right direction.

    • Red

      All-Star front office, the team that’s currently on the field is from the players Omar drafted, signed or traded for. Name me one player on the roster that comes from this new as you called them All-Star front office. Beltran, no he’s Omar, Pagan, Pelfrey, Niese, they’re Omar’s, K-Rod, Omar’s, Murphy, Thole, Tejada, yes, Omar’s, Davis Gee, all Omar’s picks

      The only players from this group of all-star front office are, Capuano, oh yeah, what an all-star pick he is and let’s not forget Young, who’s out for the year, nice pick on that one by the all-star crew.

      Save your praises for this new so called all-star front office team until they get their own players, develop their own players into the Mets organization and start winning with them.

      This team is Omar’s team, yes the GM you idiots wanted out and now are crediting the new front office for the first half success, damn, Mets fans are idiots, they don’t know much of anything.

      • Mike D.

        Omar’s team consists of such superstars as Gary Matthews Jr., a completely done Gary Sheffield, Rod Barajas, Jeff Francoeur and the immortal Omir Santos. At least Alderson and company have the sense to take a chance at the Justin Turners and Dillon Gees of the world. The difference between the Mets this year and last doesn’t lie with Reyes, Beltran or Wright. It’s the complementary players. And Jerry Manuel might be the most stunningly incompetent manager in Mets history. And after Wes Westrum, Joe Frazier, George Bamberger, Jeff Torborg, Dallas Green and Art Howe, that’s saying something.

  • Keith

    It’s not Johnson who spells trouble for the Mets but the Nationals talent. Right now they’re a game ahead of the Mets, 2 games over .500 and this without their star pitcher & soon to be in the bigs Bryce Harper.

    Johnson has nothing to do with this; it was Riggleman, the scouts, GM & the talent they have in the farm system and that’s why they are winning and that’s what spells trouble for the Mets in the future.

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