Davey Johnson is a baseball treasure with an impressive all-around career. His wisdom and overall baseball knowledge speaks volumes.
His .564 winning percentage is first among living managers with 10 or more years of experience.
Johnson is as close to a guaranteed Hall of Famer as you can get. Six division titles, a pennant, a World Series title, 2,283 wins and two Manager of the Year awards over a span of 16 seasons. Not too shabby.
He will clearly be one of the most important factors, if not the most important factor, in the Nationals' blueprint for winning the NL East in 2013. As long as this team buys in like they did last season, they should be in good shape.
Many people fail to realize the stark similarities between the world championship '86 Mets squad Davey managed and the current Washington Nationals team he oversees.
The circumstances are certainly all too familiar for Davey. The ’85 Mets were a 98-win team on the rise that seemingly fell short to the eventual world champion Cardinals. A year later, they won 108 games en route to a championship.
In an eerie comparison, the Nationals announced themselves as contenders last season by winning 98 games before losing the NLDS in heartbreaking fashion.
The '86 Mets were led by young future stars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry. The Nationals also have budding superstars in Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
The 70-year-old Johnson has no plans of scaling back his bold predictions for this team either. He has already gone on record stating that it will be a World Series or bust type of season.
"We have the opportunity to have a special season, a very special season," he said, refusing to speak of any potential negatives, "I'm not telling these players anything that they don't believe themselves."
It is obvious Davey believes in this team as much as he did his former '86 Mets crew, leaving no reason to doubt the possibility of the Nationals winning the NL East and potentially more.