How MLB's Best Pinch-Hitters Prepare To Thrive In Their Limited Opportunities

Reed Johnson wasn’t ready. The veteran outfielder had just begun to stretch when he learned he would be pinch-hitting for Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija to lead off the sixth inning of a game against the Brewers in May 2012. He grabbed a bat and walked to the plate cold. Looking for any way to get loose, Johnson lunged at Marco Estrada’s 1-0 pitch in the dirt and missed. But...
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Marlins notes: Lineup changes in series finale against Mets

MIAMI -- The combination of a struggling offense and an opposing southpaw pitcher led Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond to tweak his lineup for Sunday's series finale against the New York Mets. After getting shut out just twice over the first 64 games of the season, the Marlins have been held scoreless three of their past 10 contests. They are 3-7 during that span. With Jonathon...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Reed Johnson thankful for childhood influence from Tony Gwynn

MIAMI -- When news of San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn's death spread, Miami Marlins outfielder Reed Johnson received a text message from his mother. On Monday, Johnson's mom sent him a photo of his Little League cleats with Gwynn's signature on them. Johnson, who grew up an hour away from San Diego, attended the San Diego School of Baseball weekend camp that...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Recap 5/28/14: Nationals Fall to Miami in 10

Despite some serious struggles, the Miami Marlins dealt the Washington Nationals a loss Wednesday night in ten innings. The play by play reads more like a comedy of errors than the description of a winning effort, but the Marlins still found a way to wind up on top. In what could have been the beginning of the end, Miami pitcher Henderson Alvarez left the game with elbow problems...
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May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Reed Johnson cracks 2-run HR late but Marlins lose to Dodgers 6-5

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Yasiel Puig extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with his third home run in four days, a go-ahead three-run shot, and drew a bases-loaded walk in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-5 win over the Florida Marlins on Monday night. Dan Haren (5-1) overcame a shaky start following his 3-2 loss at Washington last Wednesday, allowing three runs and seven...
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May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Marlins giving some regulars rest Saturday

MIAMI -- Earlier in the week, Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond talked about getting a few regulars a day off during the current 20-game stretch. On its fifth day, Redmond made a few moves to do so. Jeff Baker, who hasn't played since Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, started Saturday at second base and hit seventh in the order. Reed Johnson, who has reached base in four of his...
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May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins notes: Miami benefits from replay call

MIAMI -- Marlins outfielder Reed Johnson stood at the top step of the dugout during Friday night's ninth-inning delay once he saw the instant replay on the Jumbrotron. With runners at first and second, Yoervis Medina fielded Marcell Ozuna's sacrifice bunt and threw to third for the force out. But third baseman Kyle Seager bobbled the ball on the transfer. Major league administrative...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Marlins walk off with 8-4 win thanks to Giancarlo Stanton's slam

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam with none out in the ninth inning, and the Miami Marlins took advantage of an overturned call on a replay review to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 Friday night. Reed Johnson was called out on a force play following a bunt, but the umpires reviewed the ruling and determined third baseman Kyle Seager had juggled the ball. The Mariners then...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Reed Johnson makes Marlins at reserve, Ty Wigginton released

Reed Johnson has made the Miami Marlins as a reserve outfielder. Johnson, 37, will operate as a reserve outfielder. This spring he hit .410 (16-for-39) with one home run and four doubles over 14 games earning a spot on the bench. If nothing else Johnson gives the Marlins a low cost veteran who will not embarrass himself in the field. Johnson had spent the past two seasons as a bench...
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

No guarantees: Non-roster invitees know they must make impression

JUPITER, Fla. -- Eleven seasons spent in the big leagues with the same routine. Then, one offseason, only minor-league deals come around with an invitation to spring training. For veteran position players in this situation, old habits must be adjusted in order to win a spot not guaranteed to them. A track record will only go so far. Outfielder Reed Johnson, one of two such players...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Smile Though My Heart Is Breaking

Reed Johnson is 33 for 96 lifetime against the New York Mets. It's no wonder that Johnson had the smile that you see to the right on his face before facing Josh Edgin in the sixth inning. Two pitches later: FWACK ... two run single 4-1 Marlins, ballgame. He's no Larry Jones, but I guess as far as Met-killers go, he'll have to do. And if he continues smiling like this...
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March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Reed Johnson Could Be Good Match In Sox OF

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)There are some guys in major league baseball you just have to like—even though they've never donned Carmine Hose. Reed Johnson has always been one of those players for us—whether toiling for the Blue Jays, Braves, Cubs or Dodgers. He's always been a pesky hitter (.282 lifetime), a tough out and he always seemed to be in the middle of big plays...
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January 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Grady Sizemore, Reed Johnson Among 10 Free-Agent Outfielders Red Sox Could Pursue

The Red Sox could begin the 2014 Major League Baseball season tomorrow and they’d be in great shape. The core of Boston’s major league roster is intact, so it’s simply a matter of general manager Ben Cherington doing some fine-tuning before Opening Day. The biggest questions that the Red Sox currently face involve free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, who still could re-sign with...
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves fall to Dodgers, begin long offseason

The story of the 2013 Atlanta Braves season was one of resilience. With a core of young, talented guys, big off season acquisitions and a few veterans, the Braves won the National League East and entered the playoffs despite a season riddled with adversity. That the Braves even made it to the postseason is, in itself, quite surprising. That they couldn’t rise to defeat the Los...
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October 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves beat Phils in pitchers' duel

Chris Johnson led off the eighth inning with a homer to spoil an otherwise dominant start by Cliff Lee, Kris Medlen allowed only two hits in eight innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 on Friday night. Medlen and closer Craig Kimbrel combined on the shutout. Johnson's homer to left field snapped a streak of 16 consecutive batters retired by Lee,...
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September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB suspends Reed Johnson 1 game for Wed. fracas

ATLANTA Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez admitted he went too far with a hyped-up home run trot that ended in a benches-clearing scuffle against the Atlanta Braves. Gomez was suspended Thursday along with Atlanta's Reed Johnson for one game by Major League Baseball for their actions during the Brewers-Braves game a day earlier. Both players were fined an undisclosed amount. Atlanta...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlos Gomez, Reed Johnson Suspended One Game Each for Roles in Brewers-Braves Brawl

NEW YORK – Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez admitted he went too far with a hyped-up home run trot that ended in a benches-clearing scuffle against the Atlanta Braves. Gomez was suspended Thursday along with Atlanta’s Reed Johnson for one game by Major League Baseball for their actions during the Brewers-Braves game a day earlier. Both players were fined an undisclosed amount. Atlanta...
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Reed Johnson, Carlos Gomez suspended 1-game for Brawl

Atlanta Braves’ Reed Johnson and Milwaukee Brewers’ Carlos Gomez have each been suspended by the MLB for one game for their roles in a benches-clearing incident Wednesday. Both will serve their suspensions on Thursday, when the Braves host the Phillies and the Brewers play against the
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Gomez, Johnson suspended 1 game

The Brewers' Carlos Gomez and the Braves' Reed Johnson have each been suspended one game after a benches-clearing argument between their teams. Both were also fined an undisclosed amount Thursday. In the top of the first inning Wednesday in Atlanta, Gomez homered off Paul Maholm, still furious the Braves starter hit him with a pitch three months earlier. Gomez stood in...
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September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Game Day Pictures: Braves vs Mets 9-2-13

Skyline from 404 This Freddie shirt is so awesome and weird. Reed Johnson, all alone on the bench with his awesome shoes. Downs. Uggla. Simba. Outfielders DCarp batting! I love it when relievers get to hit. It's almost as good as position players pitching. Those are all the good ones from today's 13-5 win. See you tomorrow, Braves! ❤
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September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves’ Players Fail To Keep The “Gum On Ballcap” Prank Going

Chris Johnson and Reed Johnson of the Braves were having a little fun this weekend during a day game against the Cardinals, and the result was more entertaining than the game itself. [Hot Clicks] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Chris Johnson delivers 10th inning win over Mets

In a 4-1 Atlanta win tempered by a scary injury to one of its top players, the Braves once again proved they can bounce back from adversity. Here are three observations from the game: 1. Chris Johnson provided some silver lining on a difficult day for the Braves organization On a day where star outfielder Jason Heyward was sent to the hospital (more on that in a minute) and hittingfirst...
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August 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves Rookie Gets First MLB Hit, But Is A Rapper First...???

((HT: Fansided)) Todd Cunningham was called up to the Braves major league roster after the injury to Reed Johnson put him on the DL. In the bottom of the 7th inning of the Braves 11-3 win over Colorado last night, Cunningham pinch hit for pitcher Alex Wood and got a single. As part of the rookie hazing/congratulations in the clubhouse after the game, the team played his...
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves place OF Reed Johnson on disabled list

The Atlanta Braves have placed reserve outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with left heel tendinitis. Johnson, who leads major league pinch hitters with a .355 batting average and a .444 on-base percentage, is the third Atlanta outfielder currently on the DL. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that center fielder B.J. Upton, sidelined by a right hip strain...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves contending for NL's top seed

ATLANTA -- Hosting the two highest-scoring teams in the National League the past few nights, the Atlanta Braves and their pitching staff have proven themselves to be fully capable of handling the injuries that have plagued them of late. With a four-game winning streak (and counting) -- starting with a sweep of the Cardinals and continuing with a Coors-esque outpouring of runs on...
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July 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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