Monday, October 26, 2009
1995 Pinnacle, Charles Johnson
#158 Charles Johnson
Here is another through the mail success that I had in the mid '90s. Just like Chipper Jones, I was expecting great things from Charles Johnson. While he did spend parts of twelve seasons in the Majors and made two All Star teams, I think that it is fair to say that he never lived up to the expectations. He was a career .245 hitter that showed signs of having some pop.
His best season in baseball was deffinitely his 2000 season, spent with the Orioles and the White Sox. He hit 21 dingers in 84 games as an O. He then hit 10 more in 44 games with the Sox. He finished the season with 91 RBI and a .304 average. Those were all career highs for him.
Johnson was traded to the Dodgers in 1998 in the big Piazza trade. After his one season in LA, he bounced around a bunch. He ended up playing for a total of six teams in his career and did two stints with the Marlins. His final season was 2005 with the Devil Rays. He played in 19 games for them before being released.