Mets GM For A Day

NEW YORK - AUGUST 01: Mets Hall of Fame inductees (L-R) Davey Johnson Dwight Gooden Darryl Strawberry and Frank Cashen pose for photographers prior to the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Mets at Citi Field on August 1 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images).....Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden join former manager Davey Johnson and former general manager Frank Cashen

Christina Kahrl plays Mets GM for a day:

[Y]ou're in win-now mode, and you have a frustrated fan base to placate, so here's this: get Davey Johnson out of mothballs and whatever "Senior Advising" he's up to in DC with the Nationals, and give him a contract and a guaranteed sinecure once he's decided he's tired of this last bit of reincarnation. See if you can sell Davey on retaining Wally Backman as a coach and understudy, and you'll wind up with a brilliant manager while taking a page from the Jack McKeon playbook—and Johnson is several years younger in this last stand than McKeon was with the Marlins in 2003. And if it helps sell a few seats while maximizing the opportunity to win a playoff slot in 2011, there's nothing wrong with that.

While most people seem to be pushing for a long view of the Mets turnaround, Kahrl, only fictitiously on the job for a day, suggests maximizing the impact of the prime years of David Wright and Jason Bay by pushing for contention immediately. We won't fire up the Amazin' Avenue Offseason Plan Contest until next month, but it's never too early to start speculating about how best to assemble the 2011 Mets.

2011 will be the 25th anniversary of the Mets 1986 World Series team, so there would be plenty of sentiment to support hiring Davey Johnson, even though his name hasn't come up in any reports I've read nor is it even clear that he wants to manage a big league team. Then again, the fact that he's still working in baseball and managed Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic likely means he doesn't quite have it out of his system. Would a coaching staff of Wally Backman, Tim Teufel, Gary Carter, and Howard Johnson restore some of the fan interest that has waned in recent years? It'd be like old-timers day 81 times a year!

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