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What does Davy do that makes him such a great manager? From my perspective, very little, all he does is win.
He has the second-highest winning percentage of any living manager with more than six seasons’ experience, behind only Earl Weaver.
The average Johnson team in his 16 years has gone 91-71. And he’s done it while taking over five different clubs, all of them mediocre to miserable when he got there. Counting the Nats, four became big winners.
Imagine if you could cycle Davey Johnson and Billy Martin--let them manage till they wore out their welcomes, then alternate.
The difference, it seems, is that Davey only seemed to wear out his welcome with management (it didn't help much his choice of employers). Billy wore his out with everyone.
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