h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Mark Johnson

mark johnson backmark johnson frontThere are just all kinds of problems with the back of this card! For starters, would it really matter if Mark was in a relationship? It was a WIVES’ cookbook – not a married/engaged players’ cookbook. The distinction the card should have drawn is that Johnson is a player, not a wife. But, yeah, who doesn’t love a good venison jerky? I’ll submit that any cookbook without a good jerky recipe is just lame.

The second problem I have with the back of the card: 59 at bats do not make anyone good at any type of hitting...but 50% of the time it works all of the time. In the 409 plate appearances Johnson had in his career during the day, he posted a .221/.333/.303 slash line. That is pretty similar to his night slash line of .217/.302/.327. Shockingly (except, not really) Johnson’s career numbers look like .218/.314/.318. So, yeah, I guess he does perform somewhat better when the sun is shining…I near about fell in love).

In all, Johnson simply didn’t live up to his draft status (first rounder in 1994). He did show some promise in the minors, posting several awesome OBPs from 1994-1998. Of course, at age 22, he hadn’t advanced beyond AA.

In reality, outside of his wonderful cookbook appearance, the most interesting aspect of Johnson’s career was the trade he was involved in: him along with Keith Foulke and Joe Valentine to Oakland for Billy Koch, Neal Cotts and Daylon Hoyt.

Oh, and he led us to this wonderful video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_TwkupP1SA.

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For the history of this series, check out this article: Check You Out On the Flip Side: Howard Johnson.

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  1. […] another sample size issue that was frequent in baseball as little as just 14 years ago (see also: Johnson, Mark). It is in fact true that Hammond posted a pretty nice slash line in 1995 (.271/.364/.375) – […]

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