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Davey Johnson thinks the Nationals have more potential than the mid-80s Mets

Feb 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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Davey Johnson is no Sparky Anderson when it comes to hyperbole. Whereas Anderson would always talk up some young kid as the next Tony Perez and think that everything that ever happened was the most wonderful thing ever, Johnson tends to tell it like it is.

Which is why what he told’s Mark Zuckerman was somewhat eye-opening:

When Johnson says this Nationals squad has a chance to be better than the 1984 Mets franchise he inherited and watched improve from 90 wins to 98 wins to 108 wins and a World Series title in just three seasons … well, who are you to argue with the man?

“This club has more potential than that club,” Johnson insisted yesterday. “It actually has more athletes. It has a lot of gifted athletes.”

That’s no small praise. That 1984 team wasn’t yet hitting on all cylinders, but a young Darryl Strawberry and a young Dwight Gooden are about as good as it gets as far as talent-in-waiting goes.  Seems like a lot to put on Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg — I view Jayson Werth as a George Foster figure — but it’s Johnson who has to manage those expectations, not us.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Jayson Worth as a George Foster figure? Is he claiming that the Gnats are into promoting white identity figures?

    • Old Gator - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      (sigh) Werth….

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  2. Francisco (FC) - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Well he says potential… whether it’s fulfilled or not remains to be seen.

    • natstowngreg - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      Yup. Davey has been very positive since taking over as manager. There is reason for optimism. As one who spends part of his disposable income on this team, performance on the field will be better.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Of course they do. The mid-80’s Mets are guys all in their 50’s and 60’s now.

    • ikedavisnose - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      You see its funny cause its true

  4. dcfan4life - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Davey Johnson has been working with this team far longer than the half a year he managed. He knows the players in and out. But as some of you mentioned, lots of people have potential. Hell every draft pick in every sport, especially first rounders have top notch potential. And how many of them pan out…?

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