Dan

Johnson

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First Baseman
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
City/State: Coon Rapids, Minn.
High School: Blaine
Other College: Iowa Western

Bio

  • 2001 Howser Award Finalist (one of seven)
  • 2001 NCBWA District VI Player of the Year
  • 2001 First-Team All-American (Baseball Weekly, NCBWA, Sporting News)
  • 2001 Second-Team All-American (Collegiate Baseball)
  • 2001 Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (May 21)
  • 2001 First-Team ABCA All-Midwest Region
  • 2001 All-Big 12 First-Team (Coaches) 
  • 2001  Big 12 Tournament MVP
  • 2001 Big 12 All-Tournament Team

One of the nation’s premier sluggers, senior first baseman Dan Johnson earned first-team All-America honors from Baseball Weekly, the NCWBA and The Sporting News in powering the Huskers to their first-ever College World Series appearances...was  one of seven finalists for the Dick Howser Award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate player...earned first-team All-Big 12 selection for the second straight season in 2001 and was one of only two Big 12 players (also Baylor catcher Kelly Shoppach), and the only first baseman, to make the Howser Award semifinal list.... hit .361 as a senior, while leasing the Big 12 in homers (25), RBIs (86), slugging percentage (.752), on-base percentage (.507) and walks(63)...ranked in the top five in both homers and RBIs in 2001... had 21 multiple-RBI games in 2001, including 10 contests of four or more...reached base in 57-of-62 games in 2001...tied school and Big 12 record with three homers at Southern Utah on March 6, one of six multiple-homer games in 2001 and 10 in his two-year career...is the only player in NU history to record two three-homer games...career .791 slugging percentage easily tops the previous school and Big 12 record of .782 by former NU All-American Marc Sagmoen (1992-93)...was the first conference slugger 
(Big 12/Big Eight and SWC) to lead the league in homers in consecutive years since former NCAA Player of the Year Pete Incaviglia of Oklahoma State in
1984-85...was 3-for-8 with a homer in two College World Series contests...went 2-for-8 with an RBI, a pair of walks and a stolen base during the super regional...was 3-for-7 during the first two games of the tournament, but was 0-for-6 in the regional title game...starred in the Huskers’ four-game Big 12 title run, batting .562
(9-for-16) with seven runs scored, 13 RBIs and a tournament-record five home runs, including two multiple-home run games, en route to tournament MVP honors...his five home runs at the Big 12 Tournament gave him a school single-season record 24 home runs in 2001, and moved him into second place on the NU career list with 45 home runs over the past two seasons...needs four home runs to break the school career record of 48 set by Bobby Benjamin (1988-90)... earned first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2000, batting .368 with 21 homers and 53 RBIs...ranked second nationally in slugging percentage (.849), averaging a homer every six at bats in 2000...has been a first-team all-conference selection in two leagues, earning first-team All-Midwestern Collegiate Conference honors at Butler in 1998...an all-state selection in both baseball and hockey in high school, Johnson’s little league team fell one win shy of reaching the Little League World Series in Williamsport.

Career Stats

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2000

.368

55-43

152

48

56

8

1

21

53

38

31

1-1

2001

.361

62-62

230

77

83

13

1

25

86

63

49

7-7

Total

.364

117-105

382

125

139

21

2

46

139

101

80

8-8

 

Dan Johnson has spent parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues after originally being called up by the Oakland Athletics on May 26, 2005. Johnson played a key role in the Athletics’ late-season charge in 2005, batting .275 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs in 109 games. His .355 on-base percentage ranked second among AL rookies, his 50 walks tied for second and his .451 slugging percentage ranked third. He was selected to the Topps Major League Rookie All-Star team, besting National League Rookie of the Year Ryan Howard for the prestigious honor. In 2006, he was a part-time starter for Oakland’s AL West Divisional title team, hitting .234 with nine homers and 37 RBIs in 91 contests. In 2007, Johnson earned a spot in the everyday starting lineup, setting career bests in homers (18) and RBIs (67) while appearing in 117 contests.  In 2008, he was signed by the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays, hitting .192 with a pair of homers and four RBIs. He made an immediate impact in his debut on Sept. 10, hitting a game-tying home run off Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth inning of a 5-4 Rays win. Johnson spent the 2009 season with the Yokohama BayStars of Japan’s Central League. He rejoined Tampa Bay for the 2010 campaign and was called up in August. On Aug. 28, he hit a walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox. Johnson had one of the most powerful bats on the Rays’ roster, and helped his team to the postseason with seven homers in just 40 games. He played 31 games for the Rays in 2011, including six games in September during the Rays run to the playoffs. Johnson again came through with a big home run on the final day of the 2011 regular season with a two-out solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning with two strikes to tie the game, 7-7, against the Yankees in Tampa Bay. The Rays went on to win the game in 12 innings and capture the American League Wild Card. Johnson spent most of the 2012 season with the Chicago White Sox’s Triple-A team in Charlotte, where he hit 21 doubles, 28 home runs and drove in 85 runs in 137 games. He played 14 games for the White Sox in 2012 and once again had an outstanding day at the plate on the final day of the regular season with three home runs against the Cleveland Indians. Johnson looked to have a shot to make the N.Y. Yankee’s roster in 2013, but instead played 133 games for the organization’s Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He produced 116 hits, including 26 doubles and 21 home runs, while driving in 69 runs. Johnson was picked up by the Baltimore Orioles late in the season and after playing five games at Triple-A Norfolk, he was called up three games in late September with the Major League club.  

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