A new career route emerges, as Davey Johnson becomes the second summer-collegiate manager to snare a Major League Baseball job this season, as he goes from a FCSL gig in 2009 to heading the Washington Nationals as of Monday.
Johnson joins Terry Collins as former summer-collegiate managers to go to the bigs. Terry Collins, who headed the Northwoods League‘s Duluth Huskies in the second half of the 2010 season, was named manager of the New York Mets this past offseason.
Johnson managed the Florida Collegiate Summer League‘s DeLand Suns in 2009.
Of course, both Collins and Johnson have much more on their resumes than the summer-collegiate game, and it’s a stretch to argue either position was a launching pad to future success. Still, it’s interesting that a job that for these two would be one step ahead of retirement was the opposite, and we’re guessing more summer-collegiate teams will put out feelers for guys who still have a lot to contribute to the game.
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