"I don't go into season and predict any wins and losses," Johnson told The Times. "If we take care of our business and do all the little things right, we'll do just fine."
Johnson was doing fine in his second career that included time as a college baseball coach. In his first career, Johnson was a pitcher. He played in six professional seasons, but never made AA.
Johnson's career began in 1990, taken by the Indians in the 11th round of the draft out of Lassen College in California.
Johnson played his first season at rookie Burlington. He got into 27 games and posted a 1.08 ERA.
He moved to high-A Kinston for 1991, getting into 32 games and starting five. He had a 3.81 ERA and six wins.
Johnson returned to Kinston for 1992, but his season was abbreviated. His season consisted of 11 starts and a 4.72 ERA. He then didn't play at all in 1993.
He got back onto the field in 1994, playing again at Kinston. He got 19 relief outings, but turned in a 9.75 ERA.
Johnson is credited as playing in two more seasons, 1996 with high-A Visalia and 1998 at high-A Reno, ending his career.
Johnson soon started his coaching career. He served as pitching coach back at Lassen. In 2001, he spent a season as head coach at Napa Valley College. Johnson again returned to Lassen. In 2011, he served as the school's head coach.
- Lassen County Times, Feb. 15, 2011: Cougars baseball returns next month to Memorial Park for conference play
Made the Majors: 882 - 45.2%
Never Made Majors: 1,071-54.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 377
10+ Seasons in the Minors:219