Davey Johnson, who managed Mets to 1986 World Series title, home resting after COVID-19 hospitalization

Alex Smith
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Davey Johnson at Mets 1986 reunion
Davey Johnson at Mets 1986 reunion

According to former Mets PR guru Jay Horwitz, Davey Johnson, the man who managed the team to a championship in 1986 had been hospitalized battling COVID-19.

“Thinking of Davey Johnson who is in a Florida hospital bed battling Covid,” Horwitz tweeted. “His leadership, determination and spirit led the @Mets to the 1986 championship. No one will battle Covid like him. We are pulling for you, Davey.”

The good news, though, is Horwitz later followed up that tweet with an update from Johnson's wife, who said he is "home and resting comfortably."

"Got his treatment at hospital and now taking it easy," Horwitz tweeted. "Keep the good thoughts coming."

Johnson, now 77 years old, managed five teams over the course of his career, starting with the Mets in 1984. The Mets won at least 87 games in each of Johnson’s six full seasons, but he was fired in 1990 after the team got off to a slow start at 20-22.

The highlight of Johnson’s tenure with the Mets, of course, was the 1986 campaign in which the Mets won 108 games in the regular season and defeated the Boston Red Sox in seven games to capture the World Series title.

Johnson last managed in the big leagues with the Washington Nationals from 2011-13.