Just For Context

Dan Johnson just saved the Tampa Bay Rays season. This Dan Johnson.

Before tonight, he had a -7 wRC+. As noted in that leaderboard, the only Major Leaguer with a worse offensive season in at least 90 PA was Roy Halladay, who isn’t exactly in the big leagues for his bat. Johnson hit worse than both of the horrible Twins catchers. He hit significantly worse than Jeff Mathis.

And he hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning of the 162nd game of the Rays season. They might not make the playoffs, but that was the kind of moment that will go down in baseball history.

This is why we all love this sport. Dan Johnson.

Update: Holy crap.

Dave is the Managing Editor of FanGraphs.

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11 years ago


Jonathan C. Mitchell
11 years ago
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11 years ago
Reply to  josh

My thoughts exactly. What a night.