Jim Johnson (baseball, born 1983)
|Baltimore Orioles – No. 43|
Born: June 27, 1983|
Johnson City, New York
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 29, 2006 for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Career statistics |
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.11|
|Career highlights and awards|
He began the 2008 season in the Triple-A Norfolk Tides starting rotation, but was called up to the Orioles on April 12th. Pitching middle and late relief, he ran up 18 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up a 10th inning run to Oakland on May 5th.
He became the interim closer when George Sherrill went on the disabled list on August 19, 2008. Johnson was given the closer role on July 30, 2009 when Sherrill was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the 2010 season he returned to a setup role. Late in the 2011 season, Johnson shared the closer role with Kevin Gregg.
On January 16, 2012, Johnson signed a one-year deal worth $2.625 million, avoiding arbitration. He won the Delivery Man of the Month Award for May 2012. On July 1, 2012, Johnson was one of three Orioles selected to play in the 2012 All Star Game.
On September 21, 2012 Johnson set the Orioles' all-time single season save record at 46, passing Randy Myers. Johnson recorded his 50th save of the season on September 30 after a win over the Boston Red Sox. With the win, Baltimore clinched a post-season berth and Johnson became the 10th pitcher in MLB history to record 50 saves or more. He finished the season with 51 saves. He won the AL Rolaids Relief Man Award.
Johnson had a mediocre postseason debut through four games in the 2012 American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. Johnson struggled in game one of the series at Camden Yards, entering in the 9th inning of a 2–2 game and surrendered five runs (four earned) in only ⅓ of an inning. The Yankees won, 7–2. He gained redemption in game two, pitching a perfect 9th inning to preserve a 3-2 advantage, striking out Alex Rodriguez on a 3-2 count to end the game. Johnson pitched again in game three in the Bronx and surrendered a game-tying home run to Raúl Ibañez with one out in the 9th inning. (Ibañez would also win the game on a homer in the 12th. off of Brian Matusz) Johnson earned a successful save in game four, working a scoreless 13th inning.
Johnson throws four pitches, leading with a hard sinker averaging 95 mph. His main off-speed pitch to right-handed hitters is a curveball averaging about 80 mph. Against lefties, Johnson adds an upper-80s changeup. Lastly, he throws an occasional four-seam fastball in the mid 90s.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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