Monday, July 20, 2015
#454 John Johnstone
About the Back: John led the Florida State League with his 15 wins and nine complete games in 1990.
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.