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Dan Johnson is back in the big leagues with the Blue Jays

Jul 11, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

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Dan Johnson, perpetually bouncing back and forth from Triple-A to the majors, is now in the big leagues again with the Blue Jays.

Toronto placed Adam Lind on the disabled list with a broken foot and called up Johnson, the 34-year-old first baseman/journeyman/Rays hero who was hitting .248 with 17 homers, more walks (79) than strikeouts (69), and an .873 OPS in 94 games at Triple-A.

This will be Johnson’s fifth MLB team, compared to 11 seasons at Triple-A and 13 total seasons in the minors. He’s got a lifetime .747 OPS in the big leagues, which is almost exactly average, and … well, he just seems like someone to root for, really.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Hope he does well.

    • sfp311 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Proudly, do you think the Jays should make a big splash via-trade? I’m not saying I would do exactly what Billy Beane did, but I think the Jays are obviously built to win now and not 5 years from now, so maybe trading Sanchez/Norris would be a good thing. The lack of minor league depth is really showing lately, and it’s kind of sad that a guy like Mastroianni, who has absolutely no pop in his bat, can’t even lay down a proper bunt. It’s not something that can be done overnight but I think if AA doesn’t pull the trigger on something, whether big or small, he is going to feel the heat from the fans. He’s tried to build a perennial contender and now that a few key players have gone down with injuries, how can you just watch the ship sink right in front of your eyes and not do anything about it? Just my two cents.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:13 PM

        I doubt that the Jays should make a big splashy trade even if one could be made. I doubt that there are enough quality players available at a reasonable price to make a difference. The injured players will return by early August. Both Dickey and Buehrle are getting on in age, so Sanchez and Norris will be needed to replace them. Even though the Jays lost their last game, they scored a lot of runs. Their hitting has shown much improvement over their last 2 games despite the injuries. There is still a lot of baseball to be played and much can happen.

    • lpjr - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      welp, there goes his chance for the AAA Home Run Derby Championship!

  2. garybrian2014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    He can play 1st and 3rd from what I’ve heard. At least it might get that strikeout machine, Francisco out of the lineup! Good luck, Dan.

    • nbjays - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      “At least it might get that strikeout and error machine, Francisco out of the lineup!”


    • clydeserra - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Dan, Johnson. Third?

      Wow, I don’t think so

  3. West Madison's town Whore - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    representing coon rapids mn- way to dan

  4. abreathofsanity - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Dan Johnson hitting that home run in game 162 was one of the greatest moments for me as a rays fan.

    • clydeserra - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      It was one of the all time great moments in baseball

    • indaburg - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      It’s funny–when you say “game 162”, no further explanation is necessary. Everyone knows exactly which date you’re referring to: Game 162, 9/28/11.

      I agree. Great memories of Dan Johnson as a Ray. He hit a couple of clutch homers against the Red Sox in 2008 in two different September games, then booted them out of the post-season with his dramatic home-run of all in 2011 in game 162. Best of luck to him. Except this weekend, of course. :-)

  5. deman951 - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    No mention that his first series back are at the Trop against the Rays? Good luck Dan you are always remembered for your special moment for the Rays!

  6. tmc602014 - Jul 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    How many never-was would give anything for that one moment in the sun? And this fellow made it happen twice. Hoping for your success, Mr. Johnson!

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