July 22, 2011

AND BECAUSE SID FERNANDEZ NEVER ALLOWED GROUNDBALLS...:

Silver anniversary: Davey Johnson runs out of players (Chris Jaffe, 7/22/11, Hardball Times)

A quarter century ago, Mets manager Davey Johnson got stuck in an unenviable position: He ran out of position players before he ran out of game. Ejections and pinch hits forced him to get creative, as the Mets somehow managed to prevail over the Reds in 14 innings.

It began normally when Johnson trotted out his excellent lineup to play the Reds that day: Gary Carter behind the plate, Keith Hernandez at first, Wally Backman at second, Rafael Santana at short, Ray Knight at third, and an outfield of Lenny Dykstra, Darryl Strawberry and Danny Heep backing up starting pitcher Bob Ojeda.

By the end of the game, only Carter, Hernandez and Dykstra would still be playing--and Carter well out of position.


...Davey used to play Kevin Mitchell at ss in some of his starts.


Posted by at July 22, 2011 6:45 AM
  

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