Nats manager Johnson recalls time in LA

Nats manager Johnson recalls time in LA

Nats manager Johnson recalls time in LA
LOS ANGLES -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson managed the Dodgers in 1999 and 2000, going 163-161. He said his biggest disappointment was that the team didn't have talent in the Minor Leagues to help the big league club.

Johnson pointed out that Los Angeles needed to trade veterans to get what he wanted.

"We had to trade Raul Mondesi to get a left-handed bat in the lineup. We were predominately right-handed," Johnson said. "We needed left-handed pitchers, too, because [the D-backs] had a bunch of left-handed hitters. I thought I was making progress, but I didn't last long enough to make a difference."