Davey Johnson is back in the majors, hired as a front office adviser to GM Mike Rizzo. One of his specialties is recognizing and working with young talent. That would be minor league players. That would be a Mets’ weakness.
This would be about a lost opportunity. If the Mets are really serious about strengthening the ties with their past, Johnson would have been a good place to start. Johnson had previously worked with the Nationals before under Jim Bowden. You would think the Mets would have kept tabs on his baseball interests just in case.
All this talk about bringing Bobby Valentine back? How about a little love for Johnson, who managed the Mets’ last championship team? Valentine has a core group of media in his corner, but not Johnson.
Johnson has been working with the US WBC and Olympic teams. He spent the summer managing amateur players in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. He’s already watched draft pick Stephen Strasburg pitch.
“When I first laid eyes on him, I really got nervous,” Johnson said. “He threw so good. … He reminded me of a little bit more advanced Dwight Gooden. … I love to see young talent,” Johnson said. “I know what a good prospect looks like.”
Said Rizzo: “He’s a deep thinker, and he’s done every aspect you can do in the game. Just to be around a person of his knowledge and his database, it just helps me out that much better.”