Sacramento's Johnson to end MLB career | News
SACRAMENTO, CA - Former McClatchy High School star Nick Johnson has decided to retire from Major League Baseball after a career spanning 10 seasons.
WFAN in New York was first to report.
News10 confirmed the report with Johnson, who said he is looking forward to improving his golf game.
Johnson, 34, will end a career that was riddled with various injuries, but was still a very productive player for each of his four teams. He played with the New York Yankees, Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, Florida Marlins and most recently the Baltimore Orioles.
Johnson, a first baseman and designated hitter, was best known for his productive hitting and his tremendous knack for getting on base. He has a career .399 on-base percentage (OBP), to accompany a .268 average, 95 homers, 398 RBI and 522 walks.
Injuries prevented Johnson from reaching full star power in the league. His best year came in 2006 with the Nationals when he hit .290 with 23 home runs, 77 RBI and 10 stolen bases.
Johnson was at his best in clutch situations. He was a lifetime .370 hitter with the bases loaded with a .444 OBP, 72 RBI and two grand slams.
His injuries ranged from a stress fracture in his hand, a broken leg, torn wrist ligament and back problems, among others.
Born in Sacramento, Johnson was drafted by the Yankees in the third round of the 1996 Baseball Draft. He made his big league debut with New York in 2001.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net