Tag:Davey Johnson
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:34 pm

The one-team player (and the nine-team player)

VIERA, Fla. -- Edwin Jackson is one year older than Ryan Zimmerman.

Jackson is on his seventh major-league team, eighth if you include the few minutes he was officially a Blue Jay between stops with the White Sox and Cardinals last summer. Zimmerman is still with his first.

Jackson has a one-year contract with the Nationals, so he could well be headed for a ninth team next year. Zimmerman just signed a contract that basically commits him to the Nationals for the rest of his career.

Zimmerman chose to stay with the same team. Jackson didn't exactly have a choice. He was traded for the first time when he was just 22 years old, then traded five more times before he became a free agent last fall.

So if you're one of those people bemoaning the player movement in the modern game, just remember that there are still quite a few players who want to play an entire career with one team.

And just remember that it's often not the player's choice when it doesn't happen.

"People don't realize that it's got to be a two-way street," Zimmerman said Monday.

Zimmerman said he has spent time talking to Ryan Braun and Troy Tulowitzki, two other players who are headed to long one-team careers. They're not alone; it's obvious by now that Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera won't be playing for anyone but the Yankees, just as Jorge Posada retired last month as a one-team player.

Zimmerman is just 27, but he should end up doing the same. His new contract binds him to the Nationals through 2019, with an option for 2020, and with no-trade protection that he demanded as part of the deal.

He was determined to stay.

"I'm so comfortable here," Zimmerman said. "I think that helps you play better."

Jackson, who chose a one-year deal with the Nationals over three-year offers elsewhere, said he's just as comfortable moving around.

"I've been moving my whole life," said Jackson, whose father was in the military. "I was born on the move. It's almost like it was predestined."

As his manager would tell him, it's not always a bad thing. Davey Johnson chose to sign with the Orioles in the days before there was a draft, but the Orioles traded him to the Braves after eight years. He later played with the Phillies and Cubs, and he has managed five different teams.

"I know exactly where [Zimmerman] is coming from," Johnson said. "A big part of me would be envious. But I also like change, and I like challenges.

"I'm glad that he's glad."

Posted on: June 26, 2011 6:30 pm

3 to Watch: The (maybe it's a) WS preview edition

This isn't a prediction. This is just a statement of fact.

The Phillies are the most impressive team in the National League. The Red Sox are the most impressive team in the American League.

And when they meet for three games this week in Philadelphia, some people are going to see it as a World Series preview.

Not a prediction. Just a statement of fact.

And yes, I've looked at the standings. I know that the Red Sox are half a game behind the Yankees in the AL East. I'm not saying that the Red Sox are guaranteed anything at this point, or even, for that matter, that the Phillies are guaranteed anything.

But from the time that the Red Sox traded for Adrian Gonzalez and signed Carl Crawford, and from the time the Phillies signed Cliff Lee, there's been a sense that one team was the best in the American League, and that the other was the best in the National League.

Seven months later, there's still that sense.

Seven months later, it feels like it's worth noting that only five times in the first 14 years of interleague play, two teams that met in the regular season went on to meet in the World Series (and that four of those five times, the team that won the regular-season series ended up losing the World Series).

Just remember, that's not a prediction.

It's just a statement of fact.

On to 3 to Watch:

1. The Angels announced that they're going to bring the Nationals presidents race to Anaheim this week. The Nationals announced that they're going to bring Davey Johnson, who last managed in the big leagues when Bill Clinton was president. It figures to be quite a week, beginning with Nationals at Angels, Monday night (10:05 ET) at Angel Stadium.

2. After watching Justin Verlander pitch in person on Saturday night, I'm more convinced than ever that Verlander is the best pitcher in the majors. But if my mind is going to be changed, perhaps it happens in Red Sox at Phillies, Tuesday night (7:05 ET) at Citizens Bank Park. Josh Beckett, who starts for Boston, leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA. Cliff Lee, who starts for Philadelphia, has thrown two straight shutouts and has allowed just one run in the last 33 innings.

3. The Yankees have invited Dick Groch, the scout who signed Derek Jeter, to come to town to see Jeter get his 3,000th hit. Groch now works for the Brewers, so it sure would have been nice if Jeter had a chance to get it when Milwaukee comes to town this week. He's eligible to come off the disabled list for Brewers at Yankees, Wednesday night (7:05 ET) at Yankee Stadium, but it's basically a given now that he won't be ready that soon. Jeter told the Associated Press on Sunday in Tampa that he won't even begin a running program until Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday's game should be interesting, anyway, as Brewers starter Shaun Marcum tries to prove his hip injury really is nothing serious. Marcum has pitched just four innings in his last two starts, but the Brewers insist it was just predetermined caution when they removed him after three innings the last time.

Posted on: June 25, 2011 9:12 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 9:24 pm

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

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.

Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2011 8:42 pm

Johnson will take over Nats Monday

Davey Johnson will be the next manager of the Nationals.

Johnson will take over the team for Monday night's game against the Angels in Anaheim, general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed to reporters Saturday. Sources have indicated that the Nationals intend to give Johnson a contract through 2013, but so far Rizzo has said only that Johnson will manage the team for the rest of this season.

Rizzo had told reporters Friday in Chicago that Johnson was interested in the job.

"He would enjoy this challenge," Rizzo said, according to the Washington Post.

The 68-year-old Johnson hasn't managed in the major leagues since he was fired by the Dodgers after the 2000 season, but he has remained active in the game. Johnson managed Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and he has worked in the Nationals front office for the last two years.

At 68, Johnson would be the second oldest manager in the game, behind only Jack McKeon, who took over the Marlins on an interim basis last week. Johnson managed in the major leagues for 14 years, winning the World Series with the 1986 Mets. He has an overall winning percentage of .564, with five division titles. The only active manager with a better career winning percentage is Joe Girardi, at .566.

The Nationals job came open with Jim Riggleman's shock resignation on Thursday. John McLaren, who was Riggleman's bench coach, has been running the team this weekend in Chicago. Rizzo announced that McLaren will not continue as bench coach under Johnson, but will remain in the organization in another capacity.

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 24, 2011 9:45 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 9:53 pm

Nats move towards making Johnson manager

Davey Johnson has emerged as the clear frontrunner to become the Nationals' next manager, baseball sources told CBSSports.com Friday night.

The Nationals could announce a decision soon, and it's possible that Johnson could take over the team by the time the Nationals play the Angels in Anaheim on Monday night. John McLaren managed the Nationals Friday night in Chicago, but the Nationals made it clear that he would only run the team for a few days, until the next manager could be named.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters in Chicago that he had discussed the job with the 68-year-old Johnson, who hasn't managed in the major leagues since 2000, but has spent the last two seasons working in the Nationals front office.

"He would enjoy this challenge," Rizzo said, according to the Washington Post.

Later Friday, a source told CBSSports.com's Scott Miller that Johnson should now be considered the frontrunner.

Johnson managed in the major leagues for 14 years, winning the World Series with the 1986 Mets. He has an overall winning percentage of .564, with five division titles. The only active manager with a better career winning percentage is Joe Girardi, at .566.

Johnson also managed Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, when his work received less than stellar reviews.

The Nationals were forced into a move by Jim Riggleman's shock resignation on Thursday.
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