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Mariners designate catcher Rob Johnson for assignment

Dec 13, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

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Seattle has mercifully designated Rob Johnson for assignment after giving the 27-year-old catcher a total of 499 plate appearances during the past two seasons despite hitting a combined .204 with a .291 on-base percentage and .307 slugging percentage.

And unlike most catchers who get significant playing time despite not being able to hit, Johnson wasn’t even that good defensively. He did a solid job controlling the running game, but has more passed balls than any catcher in the league since the beginning of 2009 despite playing about half as much as the average starter.

Johnson finishes with the third-worst OPS in Mariners history among players with 500 or more plate appearances, as his .584 mark tops only Brian Hunter (.576) and the legendary Mario Mendoza (.522).

  1. Old Gator - Dec 13, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Let’s not pick on Johnson. I don’t think it’s unfair to say that the Mariners would have been better off if they had all been euthanized at the beginning of last season. Then, someone who actually won more than one more games than they lost would have won the Cy Young Award and not embarrassed the entire league.

    • mtner77 - Dec 14, 2010 at 2:30 AM

      Wow, you are SO right! All starting pitchers should be judged on how well the rest of the team hit that day, not on how well they pitched! And besides, this is two years (gulp) in a row that a AL East guy did not win! That is criminal! (The fix must be in!)

      And spare me your philosophical diarrhea.

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