Davey on Earl: 'I will miss him every day'

Davey on Earl: 'I will miss him every day'
January 19, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Nobody had more influence on Davey Johnson's managerial style than Earl Weaver, whose fiery temper, in-game strategies and use of advanced stats helped shape the Orioles into one of baseball's model franchises in the 1970s and 80s.

So today's news of Weaver's death at 82 struck a particular chord with Johnson, who held a close relationship with his mentor for more than four decades.

Johnson issued the following statement, via the Nationals:

"I grew up in the minor leagues with Earl Weaver and we proceeded to spend a significant portion of our lives together. He was as intense a competitor as I have ever met. No one managed a ballclub or a pitching staff better than Earl. He was decades ahead of his time. Not a game goes by that I don’t draw on something Earl did or said. I will miss him every day."