4. Davey Johnson, 1984
The Mets were in the worst stretch of franchise history entering 1984. The team had 7 straight losing seasons with young superstars just on the horizon of making their major league debuts. General Manager Frank Cashen was ready to accelerate the team's growth by acquiring Keith Hernandez at the deadline in 1983. To help develop the young talent such Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, Cashen promoted Davey Johnson from AAA Tidewater to Mets manager in 1984.
Johnson had the most successful rookie managing season in franchise history. The team finished 92-70, second to only the St. Louis Cardinals in the N.L. East. Doc and Darryl were as advertised- absolute stud young superstars. Wally Backman Ron Darling, and Mookie Wilson all jumped onto the scene with quality seasons, and Keith provided his gritty leadership. It was clear in 1984 the Mets were not a blip in the road for one season; a potential dynasty was brewing in Queens, and Johnson was the new leader of the ship.