Davey Johnson, Mets Could be a Great Defensive Team

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Davey Johnson, Mets Could be a Great Defensive Team
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If you're bothering to read a site called "Mets Police," then you are probably well aware of the Mets; defensive woes this season.

I don't think piling it all on Jerry Manuel is fair. Someone has to play first base, and we all agree Murphy has to play somewhere—but with third base being his best position, we kind of have a problem.

I think the Mets should consider bringing in baseball's first defensive coordinator—and it should be Davey Johnson.

Now it's time for another episode of How I Met The Mets.

Kids, let me tell you about the time Davey played a big fat guy at shortstop and won the World Series. If you are under 30, go Google a picture of Kevin Mitchell.

He's a big roly-poly guy.

Davey figured out which of his pitchers were fly ball pitchers, and on the days that he didn't expect too many grounders, he'd stick the fat guy at short to get his bat in the lineup.

He got away with it every time.

I can't think of a single error by Mitchell although I bet the Mets Walkoffs blogger is about to email me some.

Kids, let me tell you about the big fight in Cincinnati. One night the Mets and Reds didn't get along. Several players got ejected. Davey, master of half-ass defense, stuck Gary Carter at third base. He got away with it, and I even remember Gary making a great play late in the game, maybe even in extra innings.

Davey even platooned pitchers. Jesse Orosco and Roger McDowell took turns hiding in the outfield and pitching. It was a whole new level of lefty-righty and Davey got away with it.

Kids, my mind is foggy about this one now that I'm old, but I think it was also Davey who shuttled Rusty Staub between left field and right field one sunny afternoon.

Rusty was another large fellow and whatever happened, he spent the afternoon shuttling between left and right depending on what type of batter was up. It took about half an hour for Rusty (mainly a pinch hitter at the end of his career) to switch positions.

So we need Davey.

Let Davey sit next to Jerry and call time out after every play. He can put Tatis where he thinks the ball will be hit, Reed in the likely outfield position and he can hide Murphy batter by batter. Plus we'd have an '86 Met around, it will tick off the opposition, and it will be wildly entertaining.

Jerry if you don't believe me, ask your hitting coach. Kids, let me tell you about the time Howard Johnson became the Mets starting center fielder.

Now that was a disaster.

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