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Encyclopedia > Howard Johnson (baseball player)
Howard Johnson
Infielder
Batted: Both Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1982 for the Detroit Tigers
Final game
October 1, 1995 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average     .249
Home runs     228
Stolen bases     231
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Howard Michael Johnson (born November 29, 1960), nicknamed HoJo, is a former switch hitting third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs from 1982 to 1995. He is third on the Mets' all-time lists for home runs and runs batted in and second on their doubles and stolen bases lists. Currently, he is the Mets first base coach. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3072 × 2304 pixel, file size: 2. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 261 days remaining. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Notable achievements

  • Member of the 1984 World Series champion Tigers and the 1986 World Series champion Mets.
  • 1992-1997: Held career National League record for home runs by a switch hitter.
  • 1987-1996: Held single-season National League record for home runs by a switch hitter.
  • Three-time member of the 30-30 club (1987, 1989 and 1991). Only Bobby Bonds, Barry Bonds and Alfonso Soriano have reached the marks more often.
  • 1987-1991: Second highest home run total in the National League behind only teammate Darryl Strawberry.
  • 1989 and 1991: Member of the National League All-Star team.
  • 1989 and 1991: Winner of National League Silver Slugger award for third basemen.
  • Second on Mets all-time home run list from 1991 until 2004.
  • Second on Mets all-time RBI list from 1993 until 2005.
  • 1991: Became the only switch-hitter to ever lead the NL in both HR and RBI in the same season.
  • 1991: Became the only Met to lead the National League in RBI.
  • 1991: Became the first switch-hitter to lead the National League in RBI. Lance Berkman became the second in 2002.
  • June 1989, September 1991: Winner of the National League Player of the Month award. He was the last Met to win the award until David Wright in June 2006.

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Early career

Johnson was born in Clearwater, Florida and attended Clearwater High School playing baseball as a pitcher. He attended St. Petersburg College and, at age 17, was drafted in the 23rd round of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees. Johnson did not sign with the Yankees and, the following January, he was drafted in the 1st round — 12th overall — by the Tigers. Clearwater is a city located in central Pinellas County, Florida, USA, nearly due west of Tampa. ... Clearwater High School is a public high school located in Clearwater, Florida. ... mcv ... St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1978 throughout the world. ... The First-Year Player Draft is Major League Baseballs primary mechanism for assigning amateur players to its teams. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


In the minor leagues, the Tigers soon converted Johnson from a pitcher to an infielder[1] and, in 1981, he hit 22 home runs for the AA Birmingham Barons. He was promoted all the way to Detroit to start 1982 but was hitting only .188 in early May when he was sent back to AAA.[2] He was back in the majors in mid-August and posted fantastic numbers for the rest of the season, including a .405 average in September which raised his final average to .316. He started 1983 with the big club but was sent down again in late May with a .212 average. Minor leagues in the sense intended in this article are professional sports leagues which are not regarded as the premier leagues in those sports. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1981 throughout the world. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... The Birmingham Barons are a minor league baseball team based in Birmingham, Alabama. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ...


Detroit and a championship

In 1984, Johnson was back with the big club and was made the left side of a platoon with Tom Brookens. Johnson started fairly well but had a poor second half.[3] The Tigers led the division for the entire season but Johnson sat the bench for the entire 1984 ALCS while Brookens, Marty Castillo, and veteran slugger Darrell Evans split time at third.[4] Johnson wound up with only a single pinch-hit at bat in the 1984 World Series as the Tigers eased through the postseason en route to their last championship.[5] The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ... The platoon system in baseball is a method of designating two players to a single defensive position -- usually one right-handed and one left-handed. ... Thomas Dale Brookens (born August 10, 1953 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers (1979-1988), New York Yankees (1989), and Cleveland Indians (1990). ... The 1984 American League Championship Series was a Major League Baseball playoff series played between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals. ... Martin Horace Castillo (born January 16, 1957, in Long Beach, California) was a Major League Baseball third baseman and catcher. ... Darrell Wayne Evans (born May 26, 1947 in Pasadena, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1969 to 1989 with the Atlanta Braves (1969-76, 1989), San Francisco Giants (1976-83) and Detroit Tigers (1984-88). ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... The 1984 World Series began on October 9, 1984 and ended October 14. ...


After the season, Detroit traded Johnson to the New York Mets for pitcher Walt Terrell. The move put three players at third base for the Mets but, three days later, they sent Hubie Brooks to the Montreal Expos as part of a trade for eventual Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter.[6] Charles Walter Terrell (born May 11, 1958 in Jeffersonville, Indiana) is a former starting pitcher with a 11 year career from 1982 to 1992. ... Hubert Brooks, Jr. ... The Montreal Expos (French: Les Expos de Montréal) were a Major League Baseball team located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from 1969 to 2004. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Gary Edmund Carter (born April 8, 1954), also nicknamed The Kid, has been regarded as one of the top hitting Major League Baseball catchers in baseball history. ...


New York and a second championship

Johnson's inability to hit well from the right side resulted in him being platooned by the Mets in 1985, this time with Ray Knight. Both started terribly and neither reached .200 until early July. Johnson hit below average all season while Knight was even worse. The Mets, as they had in 1984, narrowly missed the postseason in 1985. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Ray Knight (born December 28, 1952 in Albany, Georgia) is a former right-handed Major League Baseball player in the 1970s and 80s. ...


1986 was the year of the Mets and both Johnson and Knight started very well. The Mets' problems shifted from third base to shortstop as Rafael Santana struggled to keep his average above .150 most of the season. Johnson was a capable shortstop defensively and picked up extra playing time moving between short and third but his hitting started declining in May. Between his mediocre hitting, continued lack of power, and an injury that wiped out three weeks in June, Johnson played in only 88 games in the regular season. When he returned from the June injury, Johnson went on a home run tear including two in his first game back and, within six weeks, his slugging average jumped from .376 to .510. One of Johnson's home runs occurred in a legendary game on 1986-07-22 against the Cincinnati Reds. When a tenth-inning bench-clearing fight ended, three Mets players were out of the game and they were forced to spend the rest of the game with a pitcher in the outfield and two pitchers in the batting lineup. When one of the pitchers, Jesse Orosco, drew a walk in the fourteenth inning, Johnson followed with a three-run home run which led to a Mets win. Johnson faded down the stretch and was virtually shut out of the postseason, going 0-for-7 in four games combined. His only start was Game 2 of the 1986 World Series when he went 0-for-4 in a crucial Mets loss that put them in an 0-2 hole. His only other at bat in the series was in Game 6 when he struck out in the ninth inning. Nevertheless, at age 25, Johnson already had his second World Series ring. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Rafael Francisco Santana de la Cruz (born January 31, 1958, in La Romana, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the St. ... Barry Bonds holds the MLB record for highest slugging average in a season (.863). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 22 is the 203rd day (204th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 162 days remaining. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 5, 8, 10, 14, 18, 20, 24, 42 Name Cincinnati Reds (1958–present) Cincinnati Redlegs (1953-1958) Cincinnati Reds (1882-1953) Cincinnati Red Stockings (1876-1882) Ballpark Great American Ball Park (2003–present) Riverfront... Jesse Orosco Jesse Russell Orosco (born April 21, 1957 in Santa Barbara, California) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who holds the major league record for career pitching appearances. ... Dates October 18, 1986–October 25, 1986 MVP Ray Knight (New York) Television network NBC Announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola Umpires John Kibler (NL), Jim Evans (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL), Ed Montague (NL), Dale Ford (AL) The 1986 World Series, the 83rd playing of the modern championship... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


Breakout of 1987

The most important event of Howard Johnson's career happened very quietly: Ray Knight was allowed to become a free agent after the 1986 World Series. Johnson, given sole ownership of the third base position, began a three-month power surge in mid-May. In ten games, he hit five home runs, including a pair of three-run shots, with thirteen RBI. In an eleven-game span a month later, he hit another six home runs with ten more RBI. In seven games around the All-Star break, he hit another six home runs and seven RBI raising his slugging average over .520. With his 22nd home run in mid-July, the previously light-hitting Johnson took over the team home run lead from Darryl Strawberry, all the while hitting from the seventh spot in the batting order. He ended July with six RBI in seven games along with a four-hit game and then started August with a grand slam. In a thirteen-game span in late July and early August, he had at least one RBI in all but one game and amassed an amazing seventeen RBI overall. Three games in mid-August brought another three home runs and seven RBI but the power tear was about over for his breakout season. Darryl Eugene Strawberry (born March 12, 1962) is a former baseball player who is well known both for his play on the baseball field and for his controversial behavior off of it. ... In the sport of baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all the bases occupied, thereby scoring 4 runs - the most possible on a single play. ...


Johnson's surprising power surge was complemented by an equally-surprising surge in speed. While he had only 31 stolen bases in five previous seasons, on 1987-09-11, Johnson stole his 30th base to join the exclusive 30-30 club for the first time. He and Strawberry became the only teammates to achieve 30-30 status in the same season. Another grand slam in September brought Johnson's home run total to 36, just four shy of his entire career before 1987. Unfortunately for the Mets, as Johnson's power faded, so did their run at the postseason and the defending World Champions missed the playoffs. The entire league took notice of Johnson's unexpected rise in 1987 and he received 42 points in the voting for National League MVP. His home run and RBI totals were second only to Strawberry on the team and his home runs were seventh-best in the entire majors. In a complete reversal of his previous seasons, his right-handed hitting was substantially better than his left-handed hitting with numbers better in almost every category including a batting average 36 points higher and slugging 74 points higher. His 36 home runs overall were the most in National League history by a switch-hitter, breaking Ripper Collins' 53-year-old record. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 11 is the 254th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (255th in leap years). ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... James Anthony Collins (March 30, 1904 - April 15, 1970) was a Major League Baseball player from 1931 to 1941 for the St. ...


In 1988, Johnson did not nearly live up to his stellar 1987 season, but still showed decent home run power. He reverted back to hitting much better from the left side with only a .183 average and .338 slugging from the right side. A mid-season injury to his right shoulder contributed to his poor offense. One bright spot was 1988-09-08 when he had the only five-hit game of his career, going 5-for-5 with a three-run home run and four RBI in a Wrigley Field victory. While Johnson was struggling to stay above .230, the Mets tried out 21-year-old third base prospect, Gregg Jefferies, who blazed through September. After thirteen games, Jefferies, who was also a switch hitter, had a batting average of .462 and a fantastic slugging percentage of .962 with five home runs, a four-hit game and four three-hit games. Despite Johnson's mediocre season, the Mets easily coasted to a division win but Johnson went 1-for-18 with six strikeouts in the 1988 NLCS. With the heavily-favored Mets down 3-2 in the series, he was benched for Games 6 and 7 in favor of Jefferies. Johnson pinch-hit in Game 7 and struck out for the final out of the Mets disappointing season. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 8 is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years). ... Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium in Chicago that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. ... Gregory Scott Jefferies (born August 1, 1967 in Burlingame, California) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball who had a 14-year career from 1987 to 2000. ... The 1988 National League Championship Series was played between the National League West champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the National League East champion New York Mets. ...


Response to trade rumors

With Johnson and Jefferies competing for the third base job, the 1988-89 off-season was filled with trade rumors. The logjam was cleared when second baseman Wally Backman was traded to the Minnesota Twins making Jefferies the Mets' regular second baseman in 1989. Johnson was moved from sixth or seventh in the lineup to third, in front of star slugger Darryl Strawberry, who had led the N.L. in home runs and slugging in 1988. The Mets were rewarded for not trading Johnson when he surpassed most of his numbers from 1987. Johnson had a torrid June when he hit eleven home runs, 24 RBI and logged a slugging percentage of .770 earning him his first National League Player of the Month award. In the All-Star voting, eventual Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt was elected to start for the N.L. but that posed a problem: Schmidt had already retired six weeks before the game. As a result, Johnson was chosen to start for his first All-Star Game. In his first All-Star at bat, he drove in the second run of the game in which the N.L. lost 5-3. Johnson played well in the second half but an overall team slowdown knocked the Mets out of the playoffs. With his 30th home run on 1989-08-20, Johnson joined Bobby Bonds and Willie Mays as the only multi-year members of the 30-30 club. He ended 1989 with 36 home runs, tying his career-high and his own N.L. record for switch hitters. He also broke the 100-RBI mark for the first time, finishing with 101. Only Kevin Mitchell's career year stopped Johnson from winning both the home run and slugging titles in the N.L. like his teammate, Strawberry, had done in 1987. Johnson also stole 41 bases which were the most for his career and scored 104 runs which tied for first in the N.L. He received 153 points in voting for N.L. MVP, finishing fifth. Both his on base percentage and slugging from 1989 were career highs. The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... Walter Wally Wayne Backman (born September 22, 1959 in Hillsboro, Oregon) is a retired baseball player. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1903-1960) a. ... 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Michael Jack Schmidt (born September 27, 1949 in Dayton, Ohio) is a former professional baseball player, playing his entire career for the Philadelphia Phillies, and is widely regarded as the greatest third baseman in the history of baseball. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 20 is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Bobby Lee Bonds (March 15, 1946 – August 23, 2003) was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1968 to 1981. ... Willie Howard Mays Jr. ... Kevin Darnell Mitchell (born January 13, 1962 in San Diego, California) is an American former Major League Baseball left fielder and third baseman who played for the New York Mets (1984, 1986), San Diego Padres (1987), San Francisco Giants (1987-91), Seattle Mariners (1992), Cincinnati Reds (1993-94, 1996), Boston... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ...


After his stellar 1989, Howard Johnson's salary doubled from less than $800,000 to over $1.6 million but, similar to 1988, Johnson followed a great year with a decent one in 1990. Johnson put up consistently average numbers for the entire season. He stole 34 bases and, for the third time, he played in over 150 games. Despite finishing with only a .244 average and .434 slugging percentage, Johnson still racked up 90 RBI and 37 doubles. He spent the last two months of the season as Kevin Elster's replacement at shortstop. The Mets started the season so poorly that manager Davey Johnson was fired in May but, under new manager Bud Harrelson, they recovered to win 91 games. They even took over first place in early September but missed the playoffs in the end. Johnson's best game was his first ever five-RBI game, including a grand slam, at Wrigley Field on 1990-06-13. The quality of his season again mirrored the quality of his right-handed hitting as he batted only .208 from his weaker side. Kevin Daniel Elster (born August 3, 1964) in San Pedro, California, is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop. ... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... David Allen Johnson (born January 30, 1943) in Orlando, Florida is a former second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Derrel McKinley Bud Harrelson (born June 6, 1944 in Niles, California) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop who played for the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers between 1965 and 1980. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ...


Leading the National League

Johnson's fall-off in 1990 led to more trade rumors. Instead, the Mets' troubled all-time home run and RBI leader, Darryl Strawberry, left New York when he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in December 1990. Johnson became the leader of the offense for the Mets and, in response, became arguably the best offensive player in the National League in 1991, winning two-thirds of the coveted triple crown. Johnson started slowly in April and caught fire in early May. The RBI came in waves all season as he hit a right-handed grand slam on 1991-06-18 and had 26 RBI in 22 games before the All-Star break. With 63 RBI, Johnson was selected as a reserve to his second and last All-Star Game. He finished out July well and had a slow August before a fantastic September in which he hit ten home runs with 28 RBI while slugging nearly .700 earning him his second National League Player of the Month award. Johnson was the last Met to win the award until David Wright in June 2006. Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... In baseball, the Triple Crown refers to: A batter who (at seasons end) leads the league in three major categories -- home runs, runs batted in, and batting average. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... June 18 is the 169th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (170th in leap years), with 196 days remaining. ... David Allen Wright (born December 20, 1982) is an all-star Major League Baseball third baseman for the New York Mets. ...


At season's end, Johnson had won both the National League home run title and RBI title. The 38 home runs broke his own record for N.L. switch hitters and 117 RBI was the most by an N.L. switch hitter since Ripper Collins in 1935. Both were also career bests for Johnson. On 1991-10-01, he stole his 30th base becoming only the second player, after Bobby Bonds, to join the 30-30 club in three different seasons. In June 1991, he passed Dave Kingman into second place on the Mets' all-time home run list. Johnson received 112 votes for National League MVP, finishing fifth. He likely would have received more MVP consideration except that the Mets had fallen all the way to a 77-84 record, second-to-last in the division. Despite his heroics, the Mets scored the fifth fewest runs per game in the majors. Johnson's had become a one-man show — his 38 home runs were more than the next two highest totals on the team combined and his RBI total was tops on the team by more than 40. His biggest liability was defense as he accumulated a career-worst 31 errors. In September, with Hubie Brooks out of the lineup and Johnson struggling defensively, the Mets moved him into the outfield where he played for most of the rest of the year. The following are the baseball events of the year 1935 throughout the world. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Bobby Lee Bonds (March 15, 1946 – August 23, 2003) was a Major League Baseball right fielder from 1968 to 1981. ... David Arthur Kingman (born December 21, 1948 in Pendleton, Oregon), nicknamed Kong and Sky King, is an American former Major League Baseball slugger who played for the San Francisco Giants (1971-74), New York Mets (1975-77, 1981-83), San Diego Padres (1977), California Angels (1977), New York Yankees (1977...


While Johnson seemed to be at the peak of his career in 1991, it turned out the 30-year-old's glory days were nearly over. The 38 home runs he hit that season were more than he would hit in all of his subsequent seasons combined. The Mets were sinking and Johnson soon followed.


Sudden decline and retirement

Going into the 1992 season, Howard Johnson was surrounded by high-priced veterans like Eddie Murray, Bobby Bonilla, Vince Coleman and Bret Saberhagen but he responded by virtually disappearing. While he was a spotty right-handed hitter his whole career, in 1992, he stopped hitting from either side of the plate. 1991's home run leader hit just three in April and followed up with an even worse May. After three months, he had only seven home runs and was batting .223 with a slugging percentage well under .400. A home run in late June turned out to be his last of the season. He went homerless for another month before fracturing his wrist in late July. He played a few more games in agony before the fracture was diagnosed and his season ended in early August. Johnson made over $2 million while his slugging percentage dropped nearly 200 points from 1991. The Mets had the third-highest payroll in the majors and finished 72-90, two games out of last place in the division. Johnson's lone bright spot was when he hit his 183rd National League home run, breaking Ted Simmons' league career record for home runs by a switch hitter. The following are the baseball events of the year 1992 throughout the world. ... Eddie Clarence Murray (born February 24, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who was known as one of the most reliable and productive hitters of his era, earning the nickname Steady Eddie. Murray is regarded as one of the best switch hitters ever... routine chopper to third. ... Vince Coleman can refer to two different people: Vince Coleman: a train dispatcher died in the Halifax Explosion Vince Coleman: a former Major League Baseball player This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Bret William Saberhagen (born April 11, 1964 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. ... Ted Lyle Simmons (born August 9, 1949 in Highland Park, Michigan) is a former catcher/DH in Major League Baseball who played for the St. ...


1993 made Mets fans forget 1992 as the team went from bad to the worst team in the majors — and Johnson was again terrible. His batting average didn't reach .200 until almost May and his slugging only raised above .400 for barely a week before diving back down. He missed three weeks in June and his season again ended prematurely in late July. At age 32, while still making over $2 million per season, Howard Johnson appeared to suddenly be washed up. After the end of the 103-loss campaign, Johnson's time with the Mets came to a disappointing end as he was granted free agency. // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ...


In 1994, Johnson signed with the fledgling Colorado Rockies. Despite the extremely hitter-friendly atmosphere of Mile High Stadium, he wound up hitting more home runs on the road finishing with only ten overall. In the crowded left field position, he split time with Mike Kingery and Eric Young but was mostly pinch hitting by August when the 1994 Major League Baseball strike ended the season. His .211 average was the worst of his career to that point and he was not re-signed. The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Ballpark Coors Field (1995–present) Mile High Stadium (1993-1994) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None West Division titles (0) None Wild card berths (1) 1995... Mile High Stadium (known as Bears Stadium until 1968) was a baseball, soccer and football stadium that stood in Denver, Colorado from 1948-2001. ... Mike Kingery (born March 29, 1961 in St. ... Eric Orlando Young was born on May 18, 1967 in New Brunswick, New Jersey is a major league infielder and outfielder, who currently plays for the San Diego Padres (2005-2006). ... The 1994 baseball strike resulted in the cancellation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years. ...


Johnson signed on with another team sporting a home run park, the Chicago Cubs, shortly after the strike ended in April 1995. He saw limited playing time and his average was at .115 in mid-August, lower than many of the team's pitchers. All of his production was at Wrigley Field as his average on the road was under .100 with only two extra base hits. A decent spurt in September raised his overall average to .195 but was not enough to garner a new contract from the Cubs. When he found no team interested, Howard Johnson retired at age 35. Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1889) (a. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... Wrigley Field is a baseball stadium in Chicago that has served as the home ballpark of the Chicago Cubs since 1916. ... In baseball, an extra base hit (EB, EBH or XBH) is a statistic credited to a batter for hitting a double, triple, or home run. ...


Post-retirement - coaching and a brief comeback attempt

After retiring, Johnson expressed an interest in coaching. In mid-1996, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays had not yet played in the majors but they named Johnson to the coaching staff of their rookie-level minor league team, the Butte Copper Kings.[7] The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles (0) none Wild card berths (0) None... The Casper Rockies are a minor league baseball team in the Pioneer League. ...


In February of 1997, Johnson attempted a comeback with the Mets but abandoned the attempt after only a month when his batting average was just .129.[8] Later in the year, he signed on as a scout with the Mets. The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Professional sports scouts are trained talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scouts organization. ...


Johnson was named the batting coach of the Mets' brand new Brooklyn Cyclones minor league team for 2001. He was made the manager for 2002 after Brooklyn was named co-champion of the New York - Penn League (the championship was cancelled due to the September 11, 2001 attacks). In 2003, Johnson was the hitting coach under manager, Ken Oberkfell, when the St. Lucie Mets won the Florida State League championship. Johnson and Oberkfell were promoted to the AA Binghamton Mets for 2004 and guided them into the Eastern League playoffs. Both were promoted again to the AAA Norfolk Tides for 2005 and, under Johnson's tutelage, the Tides posted their highest batting average in six seasons.[9] He served as the Tides' hitting coach again in 2006 under Oberkfell. The Brooklyn Cyclones are a minor league baseball team, affiliated with the New York Mets. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ... The New York - Penn League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Kenneth Ray Oberkfell (born May 4, 1956, in Highland, Illinois) was a Major League Baseball third and second baseman. ... The St. ... The Florida State League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the state of Florida. ... League Eastern League (1923-37, 1940-63, 1967-68, 1992- ) Division Northern Division Year founded 1992 Major League affiliation New York Mets (91) Home ballpark NYSEG Stadium (formerly Binghamton Municipal Stadium) Previous home ballparks None City Binghamton, New York (92) Current uniform colors blue, orange Previous uniform colors Logo design... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The Eastern League is a minor league baseball league which operates primarily in the northeastern United States, although it now has a team in Ohio. ... The Norfolk Tides are a minor league baseball team, the AAA farm team for the New York Mets. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ...


In 2007, he returned to the Major League uniform, taking over first base coaching duties with the Mets.


Miscellaneous Post Career Information

Within two years of retiring, Johnson's two major National League switch-hitting home run records were broken. In 1996, his single-season record was broken by former teammate, Todd Hundley, who finished with 41. In 1997, his career record was broken by Bobby Bonilla who hit his 210th National League home run in the midst of a championship season with the Florida Marlins. Todd starred in the late 90s for the New York Mets. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... routine chopper to third. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ...


Mike Piazza passed Johnson into second-place on both the all-time Mets home run list in 2004 and the all-time Mets RBI list in 2005. Michael Joseph Piazza (born September 4, 1968 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA) is a U.S. Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ...


In 2001, Johnson was on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot but received no votes in his only try. The following are the baseball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... The 2001 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame introduced a new election system. ...


In Marietta, Georgia at the Northeast Cobb County YMCA, on November 18 & 19 2006, he was offering his services to youths in the batting cage.[citation needed]


External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - career statistics and analysis
  • As mentor to future Mets, HoJo shows he can still connect - at PilotOnline.com
Preceded by
Will Clark
National League Player of the Month
June 1989
Succeeded by
Mark Grace
Preceded by
Will Clark
National League Player of the Month
September 1991
Succeeded by
Barry Bonds
Preceded by
Ryne Sandberg
National League Home Run Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Fred McGriff
Preceded by
Matt Williams
National League RBI Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Darren Daulton

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Howard Johnson Baseball Stats by Baseball Almanac (305 words)
Howard Johnson was born on Tuesday, November 29, 1960, in Clearwater, Florida.
Johnson was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 14, 1982, with the Detroit Tigers.
His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Howard Johnson baseball stats page.
Howard Johnson (baseball player) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4075 words)
Howard Michael Johnson (born November 29, 1960), nicknamed HoJo, is a former switch hitting third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs from 1982 to 1995.
Johnson was born in Clearwater, Florida and attended Clearwater High School playing baseball as a pitcher.
Johnson became the de facto leader of the offense for the Mets and, in response, became the best offensive player in the National League in 1991 winning two-thirds of the coveted triple crown.
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