Mike Johnson (1990s pitcher)

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Mike Johnson
Pitcher
Born: (1975-10-03) October 3, 1975 (age 43)
Edmonton, Alberta
Batted: Left Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: April 6, 1997, for the Baltimore Orioles
NPB: June 15, 2002, for the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
KBO: July 20, 2003, for the Kia Tigers
CPBL: March 16, 2008, for the La New Bears
Last appearance
MLB: April 24, 2001, for the Montreal Expos
NPB: September 22, 2002, for the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes
KBO: April 10, 2009, for the SK Wyverns
MLB statistics
Win–loss record7–14
Earned run average6.85
Strikeouts147
Teams

Michael Keith Johnson (born October 3, 1975) is a Canadian former professional baseball pitcher who pitched all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), and also played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Korean KBO League, and the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).

Career[edit]

Johnson was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1993 amateur draft, then made his Major League Baseball debut on April 6, 1997 with the Baltimore Orioles going on to play for the Orioles (1997) and Montreal Expos (1997–2001).

He was a member of the Team Canada baseball team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where they finished in fourth place in the tournament.

Johnson played in the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants organizations from 2001 through 2003, before signing with the Expos again in 2004.

In 2006, Johnson played with Somerset of the independent Atlantic League. In 2007, he played for the Edmonton Cracker-Cats of the Northern League. In 2008, he played for the CPBL's La New Bears and won the winningest pitcher and the MVP at the regular season.

On March 7, 2009 he pitched again for Canada in the World Baseball Classic against the USA. For the 2009 season, he signed to play for the SK Wyverns in South Korea after an interval of four years, but was dismissed in April having appeared in just two games. He then signed with the Edmonton Capitals of the Golden Baseball League, for whom he finished the season. He split the 2010 season between the Capitals and Yuma Scorpions.

He is presently a coaching instructor in Edmonton for the St. Francis Xavier high-school baseball Academy.

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Awards
Preceded by
Pan Wei-lun (潘威倫)
CPBL Win Champion Award
2008
Succeeded by
Itsuki Shoda(正田樹)
Preceded by
Pan Wei-lun (潘威倫)
CPBL Best Ten Player Award (pitcher)
2008
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Kao Kuo-ching (高國慶)
CPBL MVP of the Year Award
2008
Succeeded by
Lin Yi-chuan(林益全)