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For managers, it's still an old man's game

Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:12 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 9:24 pm
With Davey Johnson taking over the Nationals on Monday, baseball will have as many managers over 60 as under 50.

Yes, despite the retirement last year of Bobby Cox (who is 70), Joe Torre (also 70) and Lou Piniella (67), managing is still an old man's game.

"I think Jack McKeon said it pretty good," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Why penalize experience?"

McKeon just returned to manage the Marlins, on an interim basis, at age 80. Johnson, back in a major-league dugout for the first time since 2000, is 68.

The 66-year-old Leyland, who began the season as baseball's third-oldest manager behind Charlie Manuel (67) and Tony La Russa (66), is now just the fifth-oldest.

Dusty Baker of the Reds (62) and Terry Collins of the Mets (62) make it seven managers who have passed 60.

There are also seven who have yet to turn 50, with Cleveland's Manny Acta the youngest, at 42.


Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:35 am

For managers, it's still an old man's game

Davey Johnson is a dynamite manager but who has had a habit of overstepping common sense and authority - like fining players by making them donate money or time specifically to his wife's charity.

I hope wisdom comes with age!

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: June 26, 2011 10:12 am

For managers, it's still an old man's game

Davey Johnson gave Tidewater Tides fans something to cheer about -- for all of one season.  We hated to see him leave Norfolk when he got promoted from AAA to the majors.  As a Red Sox fan, though, I never got over the heartbreak of the 1986 World Series.

Johnson is a worthy grab, even if he's lost a little vigor by now.  I'll look forward to rooting for him if he ever skippers a team I care about again.

Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: June 26, 2011 9:18 am


@ Bison, and won't you look like a fool if he can turn the Nationals into a contender. Save your hate when the regular season is over.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:33 pm

For managers, it's still an old man's game

I just hope Davie has learned that a hug is sometimes better then then a kick in the ass and doesn't ride the players so hard as he has in the past. 
He can get it done there. He just needs to calm down.  

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:13 pm

For managers, it's still an old man's game

What a mistake to infect your team with a disease like Davey Johnson.
I hope the Nats really do only allow him to infect their club until the end of the season at whihc time they hire themselves a permanent non retread manager they can build their club around.

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