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Catching up with Davey Johnson

Mar 19, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

Davey Johnson.jpgA profile of Davey Johnson in today’s Baltimore Sun.  Gotta love Davey, so it’s definitely worth a read.

Johnson, as you probably know, is now a special assistant to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo. And unlike so many special assistant jobs out there, his isn’t about glad-handing season ticket holders and stuff — he’s actually contributing substantively.  I can’t seem to find it right now, but a few weeks ago it was reported that Johnson is Ian Desmond’s primary champion in NatsLand, and has made it clear to everyone that the kid is too valuable to be used as a super-ute, which is what some have suggested.  Whether he has the kind of juice to get Desmond made a starter is an open question, but it’s good that someone has the kid’s back.

I’d be curious to know what kind of input, if any, Johnson had on the Elijah Dukes release. Johnson is no stranger to, how shall I put it, challenging players, so you might expect that if anyone was going to defend the head case it would be him. Then again, maybe Johnson was a primary driver: “Dudes! I know head cases, and this guy is beyond the pale. 86-him!”

  1. enough already - Mar 19, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Get it, 86. Hah.

  2. YANKEES1996 - Mar 19, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Running Davey Johnson out of town was the BIGGEST mistake Peter Angelos ever made. I would be willing to bet that the Orioles fortunes would be completely different had Johnson managed that club for longer than he did.

  3. Grant - Mar 20, 2010 at 12:39 AM

    it is an absolute travesty that davey isn’t a special assistant with the orioles right

  4. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    And speaking of Elijah Dukes, is there any truth to the rumor that he’s going to play Mr. Puce in Reservoir DogsII?

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