Marty Noble, a columnist on MLB.com and senior member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, joined the Holden and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan on Thursday to discuss Davey Johnson and the Nationals.
Noble covered the New York Mets for over 40 years, and has a special insight to Nationals Manager Davey Johnson, who was the Mets Manager from 1984 to 1990. During his time with the Mets, Johnson won at least 90 games in his first five seasons. This included winning the World Series in 1986.
Noble was able to draw many similarities between the teams Johnson had with the Mets and his currently assembled team with the Nationals — not to mention the way Johnson has handled them. Noble notes, however, that no teams will match up perfectly.
“You have Strasburg and the Mets had Gooden. Then Strawberry and your right fielder, it’s kind of fun to think about.” Noble said in reference to Bryce Harper.
Noble wasn’t quick to crown the Nationals talent better than the Mets, however.
“The Mets had a better all-around team than the Nationals have right now, they won 108 games.”
It is also tough to draw a comparison to the 1986 Mets unless these Nationals win a World Series, something Noble knows Davey Johnson will never take lightly.
After the 1986 World Series, the Mets were not able to win another title during that era. Something Noble knows the Nationals had to have been considering during the height of the Stephen Strasburg debate.
“There had to be some tear. ,” Noble said. “Davey Johnson was going to do what was right for Strasburg. He knows how difficult it is to get to where they appear to be going this year.”
It is tough to argue against Noble’s knowledge, although he did date himself considerably when he said he enjoyed eight-team divisions and 154 games. Regradless, Noble does have a special insight into the mind of Davey Johnson.
“Davey put up with extended slumps if he had to, like Strawberry back in 1985.” Noble said when making comparisons to the current Nationals team, specifically Second Baseman Danny Espinosa.
Another staple Johnson has continued with these young Nationals is taking care of the young players and watching out for their health. Noble recalled that Davey Johnson would always say that he would do whatever he had to do to help the young arms develop.