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Podcast one-on-one with Davey Johnson: ‘I always looked miserable when I was managing’

Davey Johnson thinks he knows why Keith Hernandez — his intelligent all star first baseman with the Mets in the 1980’s — did not follow in his footsteps to become a major league manager.

(Hernandez) loved life and he liked being happy, Johnson told Sporting News with a chuckle. I’m sure that’s why he didn’t want to manage because he’d find out he couldn’t be happy if four or five guys on his team were miserable or if the GM was on him. It’s not easy to always be happy as a manager. Trust me.

It’s all there from the Army brat childhood to earning the sarcastic nickname of Dumb Dumb for his early study of analytical data in baseball while still a player in Baltimore to working for the bizarre Marge Schott as manager of the Reds to his fallout with Orioles owner Peter Angelos. There are also painful personal accounts of the deaths of his grown daughter and, later, stepson.

It was quite a display for a player who had just two home runs prior to this run. Both came against the White Sox in 2017, including a drive against Shields (2-9) at Guaranteed Rate Field in his first major league game.

I have some good memories here, he said through a translator.

Though Barreto came in with a .158 average, manager Bob Melvin said he is capable of delivering in a big way at the plate.

We all know he’s got that in him, Melvin said. It’s just about getting him some consistent at-bats. When he’s swinging the bat well, he’s definitely capable of doing that.

Sean Manaea (7-6) went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits. The 26-year-old left-hander struck out seven without a walk in winning his second straight start.

Shields has dropped back-to-back outings after beating Cleveland for his first victory since opening day. The right-hander gave up eight runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

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