Source: Dodgers Fire Johnson
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Davey Johnson was fired as manager of the Dodgers after failing to make the playoffs in his two years despite having one of baseball’s highest payrolls, a team source told The Associated Press.
The team scheduled a news conference for Friday to discuss their manager.
The move was completed Thursday night when Johnson spoke during a conference call with Dodgers executives Bob Daly and Bob Graziano, according to the source, who spoke on condition he not be identified.
Johnson left for a fishing trip in Mexico after the Dodgers ended their season in San Diego last Sunday, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
The 57-year-old Johnson guided the Dodgers to an 86-76 record and a second-place finish in the NL West this season. He is under contract for next year at a salary of $1.5 million.
The Dodgers were 77-85 in 1999 in Johnson’s first season with the team.
The move had been speculated for days, and The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Johnson had already been told he would not be retained.
Johnson’s teams have finished first or second in 11 of his 12 full seasons as a big-league manager.