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Full Name: Charles Edward Johnson Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/215 First Game: May 6, 1994
Birthdate: July 20, 1971 Final Game: June 11, 2005
Birthplace: Fort Pierce, Florida MLB Experience: 12 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Charles Edward Johnson, Jr. (born July 20, 1971 in Fort Pierce, Florida) was a Major League Baseball catcher who played most recently with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2005). He bats and throws right-handed.

Johnson had previously played for the Florida Marlins (1994–1998, 2001–2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (1998), Baltimore Orioles (1999–2000), Chicago White Sox (2000), and Colorado Rockies (2003–2004). Johnson was also a member of the Boston Red Sox organization for less than a day. On March 30, 2005, the Rockies traded Johnson and pitcher Chris Narveson to the Red Sox for pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim and cash.[1]

Johnson graduated from Fort Pierce Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, Florida in 1989 and attended the University of Miami before being drafted by the Florida Marlins in the first round of the 1992 amateur draft.

Known as "C.J.", Charles Johnson was an outstanding defensive catcher, having won four consecutive Gold Glove Awards. He was also known for having a great arm and prevented many baserunners from stealing bases. He caught a no-hitter thrown by Al Leiter in the 1996 season. In the 1997 season with the Florida Marlins, Johnson played in 123 games and did not commit a single error, a major league record. The same season he caught a no-hitter thrown by pitcher Kevin Brown. Also in 1997, Johnson helped the Marlins win the World Series.

In a 12-season career, Johnson is a .245 hitter with 167 home runs and 570 RBI in 1188 games. He and Kevin Millar (currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles) are the only players in the Portland Sea Dogs Hall of Fame as of 2006.

Highlights

  • Two-time All-Star (1997, 2001)
  • Four-time Gold Glove Award winner (1995–98)

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1994 FLA N 4 11 5 5 1 4 .455 .462 .818 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1
1995 FLA N 97 315 40 79 11 39 .251 .351 .410 15 1 46 71 4 4 0 2 11
1996 FLA N 120 386 34 84 13 37 .218 .292 .358 13 1 40 91 2 2 1 6 20
1997 FLA N 124 416 43 104 19 63 .250 .347 .454 26 1 60 109 3 3 0 6 13
1998 LA N 102 346 31 75 12 35 .217 .279 .358 13 0 29 99 1 0 0 1 9
1998 FLA N 31 113 13 25 7 23 .221 .315 .451 5 0 16 30 0 0 0 0 3
1998 TOT N 133 459 44 100 19 58 .218 .289 .381 18 0 45 129 1 0 0 1 12
1999 BAL A 135 426 58 107 16 54 .251 .340 .413 19 1 55 107 4 4 0 2 13
2000 CHI A 44 135 24 44 10 36 .326 .411 .607 8 0 20 37 1 0 0 0 0
2000 BAL A 84 286 52 84 21 55 .294 .364 .570 16 0 32 69 0 1 2 0 8
2000 TOT A 128 421 76 128 31 91 .304 .379 .582 24 0 52 106 1 1 2 0 8
2001 FLA N 128 451 51 117 18 75 .259 .321 .450 32 0 38 133 4 0 0 2 8
2002 FLA N 83 244 18 53 6 36 .217 .301 .369 19 0 31 61 0 1 0 7 10
2003 COL N 108 356 49 82 20 61 .230 .320 .455 20 0 49 84 1 1 1 2 8
2004 COL N 109 305 42 72 13 47 .236 .350 .430 20 0 49 91 5 2 2 1 6
2005 TB A 19 46 5 9 0 5 .196 .327 .283 4 0 9 11 0 0 0 0 2
Total NL 906 2943 326 696 120 420 .236 .321 .417 164 3 359 773 20 13 4 27 89
Total AL 282 893 139 244 47 150 .273 .358 .486 47 1 116 224 5 5 2 2 23
Total 1188 3836 465 940 167 570 .245 .330 .433 211 4 475 997 25 18 6 29 112

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1994 FLA N C 4 2 25 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000
1995 FLA N C 97 95 844.2 641 63 6 9 0 5 51 38 1 .992
1996 FLA N C 120 113 997 751 70 4 12 0 5 44 40 0 .995
1997 FLA N C 123 123 1076.2 900 73 0 17 0 1 62 56 2 1.000
1998 LA N C 100 98 870.2 715 50 6 9 0 5 39 30 0 .992
1998 FLA N C 31 31 273 193 10 2 2 0 1 17 7 0 .990
1998 TOT N C 131 129 1143.2 908 60 8 11 0 6 56 37 0 .992
1999 BAL A C 135 124 1093 770 66 5 14 0 3 62 38 3 .994
2000 CHI A C 43 41 356 224 12 3 3 0 2 16 10 0 .987
2000 BAL A C 83 80 704 498 30 3 4 0 3 38 14 0 .994
2000 BAL A DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2000 TOT A C 126 121 1060 722 42 6 7 0 5 54 24 0 .992
2001 FLA N C 125 120 1061 846 62 4 15 0 8 52 37 0 .996
2002 FLA N C 82 77 638.1 488 50 3 9 0 5 37 25 1 .994
2003 COL N C 107 103 897.2 561 34 4 5 0 6 36 26 2 .993
2004 COL N C 91 85 746.1 523 44 7 8 0 7 63 16 1 .988
2005 TB A C 19 16 136 90 3 4 0 0 1 13 5 0 .959
Total DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total C 1160 1108 9719.1 7218 569 51 107 0 52 530 343 10 .993

Transactions

  • Selected by Montreal Expos in the 1st round (10th pick overall) of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 5, 1989).
  • Selected by Florida Marlins in the 1st round (28th pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 1, 1992 - signed November 5, 1992).
  • Traded by Florida Marlins with Manuel Barrios, Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich and Gary Sheffield to Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile (May 14, 1998).
  • Traded by Los Angeles Dodgers with Roger Cedeno to New York Mets in exchange for Todd Hundley and Arnold Gooch (December 1, 1998).
  • Traded by New York Mets to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Armando Benitez (December 1, 1998).
  • Traded by Baltimore Orioles with Harold Baines to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Miguel Felix, Juan Figueroa, Brook Fordyce and Jason Lakman (July 29, 2000).
  • Granted free agency (October 30, 2000).
  • Signed by Florida Marlins (December 18, 2000).
  • Traded by Florida Marlins with Preston Wilson, Vic Darensbourg and Pablo Ozuna to Colorado Rockies in exchange for Juan Pierre, Mike Hampton and cash (November 16, 2002).
  • Traded by Colorado Rockies with Chris Narveson to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Byung-Hyun Kim and cash (March 30, 2005).
  • Released by Boston Red Sox (March 30, 2005).
  • Signed by Tampa Bay Devil Rays (April 4, 2005).
  • Released by Tampa Bay Devil Rays (June 13, 2005).

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