Monday, July 20, 2015

#454 John Johnstone

About the Front: I just noticed John Johnstone's thick forearm hair, and now I can't look away. It's positively Verlanderian.

About the Back: John led the Florida State League with his 15 wins and nine complete games in 1990.

Triple Play:

1. He earned his first big league win with two shutout innings of relief against the Braves on July 1, 1994, benefiting from a Kurt Abbott walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th.

2. Johnstone was an effective reliever for the Giants in 1998-1999, totaling 132 appearances over those two seasons with a 10-11 record, three saves, and a 2.87 ERA.

3. He retired from baseball due to a back injury in 2000, and spent a few years coaching at Baker High School in Baldwinsville, NY.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Seriously, who names their kid John Johnstone? That's just plain mean.

Bill James Said: "Taken from the Mets in the third round of the expansion draft, Johnstone didn't have a good year at Triple-A, but was called up in September anyway because, hey, who else were the Marlins going to take a look at?"

On This Date in 1993: July 20. Ben McDonald allows only a fourth-inning single by Gary Gaetti, one-hitting the Royals in a 7-0 victory. The Orioles' win, combined with losses by Toronto and the Yankees, gives Baltimore sole possession of first place in the American League East for the only time all season.

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