Found January 29, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
Former elite Yankees prospect Nick Johnson retired on Monday at the age of just 34. Johnson played last season with the Orioles, posting a .714 OPS in 38 games with the team. His issue last year wasn't productivity, but the same thing that plagued him over his entire career: injuries.  During his major league career, which began in 2001, Johnson put together a career line of .268/.399/.441, good for a 123 OPS+. That's a pretty solid statline, but Johnson did all of that in just 832 career games over those 11 seasons. He didn't play at all in 2000 or 2007, missing 2000 with a wrist injury and 2007 with a broken femur, and spent all of 2011 in the minors with the Indians, logging a total of just 55 games. During the rest of his career, Johnson managed to accumulate 500 plate appearances in a season just three times: 2005, 2006, and 2009. Not coincidentally, those were the three best seasons of his career, and Johnson was actually worth just shy of 10.0 fWAR between 200...
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