Oft-Injured Johnson Retires

by Bill Chuck on January 29, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, “Oft-injured” is not Nick Johnson‘s first name, it’s just an apt description like PED-User Barry B*nds. The former Yankees/Nats/Orioles first baseman has announced his retirement.

In Nick Johnson’s first season in the majors (2000), Nick didn’t play in the majors because he was injured. Talk about foreshadowing.

Take a look at the number of games played by Johnson each season

Year Age Tm G ▾
2006 27 WSN 147
2009 30 TOT 133
2005 26 WSN 131
2002 23 NYY 129
2003 24 NYY 96
2004 25 MON 73
2008 29 WSN 38
2012 33 BAL 38
2010 31 NYY 24
2001 22 NYY 23
2000 DNP
10 Yrs 832
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/29/2013.

Don’t look for his 2007 or 2011 numbers, he missed those seasons. Just another of his over dozen times on the DL.

As we look back at Johnson’s career the other thing that stands out besides his inability to stay healthy, it was his ability to get on base. He ends his career with a .399 OBP one of the best since 2000.

Here are the players with over a .390 on-base percentage who played at least 800 games

Rk Player OBP G From To HR RBI BB HBP BA SLG OPS Tm
1 Barry B*nds .517 986 2000 2007 317 697 1128 53 .322 .724 1.241 SFG
2 Todd Helton .425 1777 2000 2012 289 1124 1166 45 .321 .544 .969 COL
3 Manny Ramirez .417 1453 2000 2011 357 1149 874 75 .315 .591 1.008 CLE-BOS-TOT-LAD-TBR
4 Jason Giambi .414 1516 2000 2012 323 987 1014 149 .273 .535 .949 OAK-NYY-TOT-COL
5 Albert Pujols .414 1859 2001 2012 475 1434 1027 82 .325 .608 1.022 STL-LAA
6 Lance Berkman .410 1772 2000 2012 356 1185 1151 66 .296 .547 .956 HOU-TOT-STL
7 Joe Mauer .405 1065 2004 2012 94 587 555 17 .323 .468 .873 MIN
8 Chipper Jones .404 1720 2000 2012 315 1099 1053 15 .304 .529 .934 ATL
9 Brian Giles .400 1407 2000 2009 209 806 933 44 .289 .494 .893 PIT-TOT-SDP
10 Nick Johnson .399 832 2001 2012 95 398 522 74 .268 .441 .840 NYY-MON-WSN-TOT-BAL
11 Jim Thome .396 1627 2000 2012 416 1120 1101 40 .270 .558 .954 CLE-PHI-CHW-MIN-TOT
12 Miguel Cabrera .395 1512 2003 2012 321 1123 709 42 .318 .561 .956 FLA-DET
13 Carlos Delgado .394 1368 2000 2009 324 1045 796 126 .286 .553 .947 TOR-FLA-NYM
14 Gary Sheffield .394 1268 2000 2009 273 869 718 63 .294 .527 .921 LAD-ATL-NYY-DET-NYM
15 Jeff Bagwell .394 833 2000 2005 186 568 516 46 .285 .534 .927 HOU
16 Bobby Abreu .393 1970 2000 2012 247 1155 1240 29 .289 .473 .866 PHI-TOT-NYY-LAA
17 Prince Fielder .393 1160 2005 2012 260 764 651 95 .287 .538 .931 MIL-DET
18 Alex Rodriguez .392 1882 2000 2012 499 1487 1007 143 .298 .564 .956 SEA-TEX-NYY
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/29/2013.

The best of luck to Johnson in his retirement who I hope in the future will be referred to as Nicholas Robert Johnson, not Oft-Injured Nick Johnson.

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