Although Davey Johnson is denying any contact with the Baltimore Orioles about Sam Perlozzo’s job, there seems to be lots of smoke surrounding the situation. Not only is it being carried locally, national media is starting to cover the would be story.
Truth be told, I don’t know whether to believe it or not. It’s hard to tell what the O’s might do. Until 2005, Peter Angelos had never fired a manager in the middle of the season. I don’t know if it’s become easy to him or not now that he’s done it once. If he does, what does it mean anyway?
In 1997, when Johnson was managing, Rafael Palmeiro was playing first base. Today, it may be Aubrey Huff, Kevin Millar, or even Chis Gomez. In ’97, future Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar was playing second base. I like Brian Roberts, but he’s no Alomar. Even though I believe Miguel Tejada is a better presence at shortstop than Mike Bordick, I’d rather have Cal at third than Melvin Mora right now.
What about the outfield? The Jays in left. A combination of Payton and Gibbons. Give me BJ Surhoff and Eric Davis. I’ll also take Brady Anderson over Corey Patterson. You can have Tony Tarasco and Jeffrey Hammonds in right, I’ll take Nick Markakis.
Erik Bedard vs. Mike Mussina, Daniel Cabrera vs. Scott Erickson, Jimmy Key vs. Jeremy Guthrie. I’ll let you decide. The ’97 O’s had three starters with at least 15 wins. Not to mention a closer in Randy Myers who had 45 saves and an era of 1.51.
No, I’m not down playing the presence of a manager like Johnson. I even believe that he could get more out of this team than Perlozzo. However, I’m not expecting miracles with the current roster. If Johnson does come back, let that be the beginning of long term change. Give him say in personnel moves. Step back and allow baseball people to fix this thing. Davey Johnson as manager? That would only be good if he would be allowed to manage, and not micro-managed.