David Johnson, Baseball, Baltimore discussed on Ed Randall
Talking baseball on the fan. Welcome back. Everybody to get Randall's. Talking baseball back with you next Saturday after the Yankee game and the post game only five managers in baseball history had more victories in a higher winning percentage than our next guest. This is how tough he was is a player playing double a ball in L. Myron New York for Baltimore. He was hitting the face with a pitch disabled list. Nah. He was in the lineup. The next day that was before he fashioned a thirteen year career at second base winning two. Gold Gloves going to three all star games was part of a team that went to four World Series at one three of them the one World Series. He lost to the Mets where he later managed and would become the most successful manager in franchise history. He is co written with Eric Sherman. David Johnson, my wild ride in baseball and beyond for triumph books. Here. Mets fans is number five Davey Johnson welcomes. Love having you on my show. Thank you for coming on any good to talk to you man, longtime nosy, you don't talk to you. I know the title is David Johnson. My wild ride in baseball and beyond. What's the peon part? Well, you know, I did some other things off the field to make sure you know. For my family. But you know, when you you brought up that thing in elmira. I was going to ask you about that. They know what was funny is. He'll Boston coach was behind the plate. And we've only managing. Curve balls assembly saying left-center field, and I said don't budge 'cause I bailed curve balls. I said don't budge when he oxides coming my head, and he to it right in my head and hit me right in the nose and mouth and went straight down the field. And I heard somebody yell run. Run. My goodness. And then when I went to the hospital, and the nurse even ask me where did hit you. I said, you gotta be kidding me. 'cause my face was real big time. You know that was that was. You know? You know? That's what happens. Well. But you're one tough Hombre for stay stay in there after getting hit and beauty done field. Which is where I got started in the minor leagues. Making three dollars a game doing the play by play. But do you remember how the sun used to set you up? Yeah. Yeah. I do I know and also in the league at that time was a team in Newark New York where they built the stadium David backwards. So every night they had to wait five or ten minutes for the sun to go down because nobody could see anything. No kidding. Yeah. Toughness a byproduct of being an army brat. I think part of it. Yeah. I mean, you know, I've played with broken bones. You know, when I was I had a broken hand I played for two weeks. And they finally said you gotta x Ray I says getting better now actually broken. They put me on the deal. But. Part of it. You know? The deal was you didn't want somebody else to take your job. And you knew you were better that even injured then the guys each day. No. David Johnson is with us. And I know a lot of people wanna talk to them. We welcome. Your phone calls on the toll free at eight seven seven three three seven sixty six sixty six you were a math major at Texas AM, you foreshadowed your future as a manager when you were in Baltimore wanted to tell the story that you went to Johns Hopkins to take a course in computers. We're talking the late sixties here long before that was fashionable to derive a formula to find the Orioles best lineup tell tell this incredible story. Well, I have to tell you. I thing when I was in Baltimore. I read a book that a guy wrote from Baltimore his name Shaq cook, and he wrote a book percentage baseball, and he had he was the first guy that everyone talked about on base percentage. And he wrote in his book that if you put the highest on base percentage guy, hitting I know all the way down more guys would come to play you go you have a chance show morons. So I asked him out to lunch talk to him. I said the only thing wrong with your book Earnshaw is that you got three four and five year run producers. You gotta have them in their job in the first two guys. I said I really liked on base percentage. I started calculating that in my line of. 'cause I wanna guys on base it from my producers, and we had a great conversation. But he was a brilliant, man. Percentage baseball. It was it was a way for out there book, but I did go when I was there also to John Hopkins and study more about it. But I believe in all the data that you need to use in pretty long, and that's one thing they're doing although they're going overboard. They're going with lunch single and all that other crap which I don't believe in the exit velocity all the philosophy. Lot launch angle hitting Labasa near. That's all crap. Why do you think so? Well, because the greatest shooters I ever played with Ted Williams Frank roms and Henry Aaron and they talked about getting to the ball the quickest way you could which is straight line and and get to it there. Don't don't try to get. Launch angle get to it quick. 'cause you're talking about around ball around back get to it quick 'cause I was a low ball hitter. And I just dropped the bat on the ball hit more fly balls. Anybody? How did you go? Having never hit more than eighteen home runs in Baltimore. You get traded in the winter of seventy two to to Atlanta, you hit forty three your first year in Atlanta. How did that happen? Well, he calls it the launch pad, and I can tell you any good question. First of all, I I got to Baltimore Darrell Johnson and Brooks Robinson. They had the same philosophy the ball inside. You gotta hit to right field. So I worked on that. For a long time. That's our she is up there. But the minor leagues I hit a lot of home runs 'cause I hit the ball where it was pitch. And so after three years, I said man, this is a bunch of crap. I gotta just start dropping the bat on the ball is. And I ran over a couple of catches Baltimore. Guy. Catcher for Boston around. We boston. My left shoulder. And what happened was the night? I think it was nineteen seventy I had sixteen months for the also break. But I ran over to catchers Dwayne Joseph. What's your name? Yeah. No Red Sox. Go ahead. And it was really I couldn't even stand my left arm, and I told I should play Greenwich. I can't I can't my left arm. And they gave me x-rays and they couldn't detect anything wrong. So after that year and the next year, I still could still mess up. When I got traded to limit the doctor said, you gotta subjects left shoulder. You got. Every time you're in the car push the door every time we home lean against the wall push out build up the outside your shoulder. I did that. So when I came to Atlanta. Evans was my teammate. And I loved him. In any way, he had like nine home runs in twenty babies. I had two home runs, and I think nine Revie's, but I felt my shoulders getting strong. He said to me you wanna bet on most home runs. I'll give you the difference in the home runs and the rivers, and we'll do two out of three wins. I said you've got. I had fifteen next month. And then, blah, blah, blah, blah. She never would you get for that. He never paid off man. But but I knew that I was healthy and hit the ball where it was pitched Pakistan, my left arm. Never had another year like that. Well. I got the next year Jerry grody. Right over my back, like the Atlanta Braves movie at first base, and you ran and went back like. Torsion, ligaments. Next year only had fifty nine months 'cause I couldn't even put weight on my back leg. But it's always about education e I just kept playing. He didn't want to not play. You know? So so we didn't matter. It didn't matter. What mean I wasn't trying to be a home run. Yeah. You're just trying to get good here. Yeah. When did you get I get the bug to manage? Well, I'll tell you. I really learned a lot from Earl Weaver. I thought you and this is a key. And I think a lot of managers, which they listen to me. Earlier knew how to set up a pitching staff. Back in those days we had four stars. And we only had like six guys in the bullpen, but he would have to long relievers lefty righty relievers. And then he would have. Other guys in there and then closer, and you also have a backup closer and he used them. You know, pictures, you're used to pitching every other day, and he would use them that way. And I learned from that. And I said boy when I started managing I'm gonna divide by Bolton in into a and b. Use a one day and be the next day. And you believe that pitchers should throw for fifteen minutes every day. Yeah. I believe everybody should I had you know, every day 'cause I learned that from Bamberger pitching. And also have pre show every show when I was a roommate in Venezuela. He said, you gotta get aren't Johnson. But you need to throw every day. I said why do I need to do that? He took me out feeling and got the left centerfield wall. But I don't know two hundred eighty feet away any picked up a ball through a ten feet near all the way home. I said, I guess I need to do that. Great. Calls for you. Can you please stay sure David Johnson is with us. He has written a wonderful book about his life. David johnson. My wild ride in baseball and beyond for triumph books. We take your calls on the toll free at eight seven seven three three.