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Winful Davey: Notorious rogue manager.
As Johnson continues to add to his record he starts to make a case for the Hall of Fame as a manager. He has posted winning records with five different franchises. If the Nats make the playoffs, he will have taken four different teams to the post-season. He’s won Manager of the Year twice and won 100 games twice. In his 13 full seasons he will have finished first or second 12 times and had a winning record in 12 of them. He will have won 90 games or more seven times (and that doesn’t include two years shortened by strikes where his teams were on pace to win well above 90). No other manager in history has brought four different franchises to the playoffs.
In his managerial career he’s won 56% of his games, a rate that ranks in 10th all-time among managers with at least 1,000 victories. His winning percentage is higher than that of Hall of Fame managers Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, and Tommy Lasorda. It’s higher than that of Bobby Cox.
Johnson has worn out his welcome in a few of his stops, but he’s done the one thing manager’s are hired to do above all else – win.
That’s something Davey Johnson seems to do out of habit.
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