Thursday, October 24, 2013
#94 Lance Johnson
1. In 1993, Lance did not hit a home run in 579 regular-season plate appearances. In Game 4 of that year's ALCS, he launched a two-run homer against Toronto's Todd Stottlemyre. That made him the first player in MLB history to go deep in a postseason game after being shut out in the regular season.
2. His lone All-Star selection came with the Mets in 1996, when he achieved career highs across the board: .333/.362/.479, 117 runs, 227 hits (led league), 31 doubles, 21 triples (led league), 69 RBI, and 50 steals. He is still the only player in MLB history to lead both major leagues in hits, as he topped the American League with 186 in 1995.
3. During his playing career, Lance owned One Dog Records, a label that produced rap albums.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: One thing that always stood out about Lance Johnson was his immaculately-trimmed goatee.
Bill James Said: "Had the highest ground ball/fly ball ratio in the American League (265-110)." It doesn't hurt to hit it on the ground when you've got wheels.
On This Date in 1993: October 24. What the heck. How about another Calvin and Hobbes strip?