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Happy Birthday Josh Johnson!!!

Happy Birthday Josh Johnson!!!

Josh Johnson turns 30 years old today.

One of my favorite former Marlins pitchers, Josh Johnson is preparing to start the 2014 major league baseball season as the ace of the San Diego Padres.  And he has all of the tools to succeed and lead the team.

But, his health has certainly stalled his progress.

After starting 31 games during the 2012 baseball season with the Marlins, JJ started just 16 in 2013 with the Blue Jays.  In order to take on a larger role with the team, as well as earn a longer contract and bigger payday, Johnson needs to start 28+ games for the Padres and keep them in contention deep into the games that he starts.

As someone that has gotten to see JJ pitch countless times, both live and on television, I have thought that he has had ‘ace’ stuff for some time.  His ability to dominate games from the onset, while allowing very few runs in the process, is rare.

I am hoping for a strong start to the 2014 baseball season for JJ, and an equally strong finish.

Happy Birthday Josh!!!

Happy Birthday Josh Johnson!!!

Happy Birthday Josh Johnson!!!

Josh Johnson turns 28 years old today.

My favorite Marlins pitcher is set to have the best season of his short career this year.  Fully healthy, and ready for the start of the 2012 baseball season, Johnson is at the cusp of becoming one of the NL’s best pitchers.

As someone that has gotten to see JJ pitch countless times, both live and on television, I have thought that he has had ‘ace’ stuff for some time.  His ability to dominate games from the onset, while allowing very few runs in the process, is rare.

All we need to do is keep JJ healthy.  As you may recall, each of the last two seasons have been shut down early due to injury.  You may also recall, that he was an early Cy Young Award candidate in each of those years due to his great starts.

I am hoping for another strong start, and an equally strong finish.

Happy Birthday Josh!!!

Marlins Move Josh Johnson To The 60-Day DL

Marlins Move Josh Johnson To The 60-Day DL

By Joe Capozzi


PHILADELPHIA — Not long ago, Josh Johnson was one of the best pitchers in baseball and the Marlins were the National League wild-card leaders.

But Johnson hasn’t pitched in a month because of a shoulder injury and the Marlins are reeling through one of the worst stretches in franchise history – 8-19 since their ace got hurt.

The latest loss, 8-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies, came in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday and dropped the Marlins to 1-13 in their past 14 games, the first time since 1999 that Florida had lost 13 games during a 14-game stretch. The 1998 team that finished with 108 losses had the only other two 1-13 stretches in franchise history.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he thinks Johnson’s absence has played a psychological role in the team’s skid because Marlins players initially thought the two-time All Star’s absence would be brief.

“First, it was two weeks. Pretty much everybody was like, ‘OK, two weeks. Maybe we can handle that as a team.’ But now it’s getting longer,’ Rodriguez said. “I can see the players feeling that loss. They have to pass that. They have to grow through that.”

Because his recovery has been slower than expected, the Marlins have been reluctant to predict a target date for Johnson’s return. But Rodriguez on Wednesday gave his most optimistic outlook: July 16, the day Johnson is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list.

Johnson was transferred to the 60-day DL late Tuesday to make a roster spot for right-hander Elih Villanueva, who was called up from Class AA New Orleans and allowed eight runs in three innings Wednesday in the first game of the doubleheader.

Villanueva was optioned back to New Orleans after the game and replaced by veteran infielder Jose Lopez, who was called up from New Orleans to start at third base in the second game.

Johnson, who last started a month ago Thursday, still hasn’t thrown off the mound yet. But Rodriguez said the team believes Johnson will be completely healthy a few days before he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on July 16. The Marlins are in Chicago that day for a series against the Cubs.

“He’s going to be ready to go before the 60 days. But why not? Let’s wait the 60 days and make sure he’s 100 percent,” Rodriguez said.

That means Johnson – who posted a league-best 0.88 ERA in six starts in April – will have missed two months of the season. Meanwhile, the rest of the Marlins’ staff hasn’t exactly stepped up in his absence.

In their past three games, Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad and Villanueva have combined to allow 24 runs in 11 2/3 innings.

Florida has two starting pitchers with the worst ERAs in the National League – Javier Vazquez (7.09) and Volstad (6.07). The team entered Wednesday with an NL-worst 5.16 ERA for June.

“By the third or fourth inning, when you’re down by seven, eight runs, it’s hard to stay focused in the game,’ Rodriguez said.

“We need consistency on the mound. Other than Anibal Sanchez, we haven’t got that. We need a starter to keep us in the game because we haven’t showed offensively that we’re going to blow (teams) away.’

This isn’t the first injury for Johnson, who will need at least two rehab starts before he’s ready. Last season, he had back and shoulder issues that ended his season a month early. He also underwent reconstructive elbow surgery on Aug. 3, 2007.

“That’s one of the things he needs to work on – try to stay healthy,’ Rodriguez said. “Sometimes it’s out of his control. If you point out anybody in the clubhouse who’s a hard worker and tries to keep himself in good shape, that’s J.J.’

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Placed On DL With Shoulder Inflammation

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Placed On DL With Shoulder Inflammation

Terrible news for Marlins’ fans; Great news for the National League East…

MIAMI (AP)—Once Josh Johnson(notes) fessed up that his throwing shoulder hurt, he felt better.

Now the Florida Marlins ace hopes a stint on the disabled list will allow him to quickly heal. Inflammation in Johnson’s right shoulder sent him to the DL on Saturday.

Although Johnson is tied for the major league lead with a 1.64 ERA, the back of his shoulder has bothered him all season. He didn’t tell the Marlins about the extent of the soreness and stiffness until Thursday after a bullpen session.

“It took everything I had to go and say something,” he said. “Once I did, it was something lifted off my shoulders. Let’s get it right and get it back to feeling like it did at the beginning of the season.”

The move is retroactive to Tuesday, meaning Johnson might only miss two starts. The Marlins hope he’ll be able to pitch the first day he’s eligible to come off the DL, which would be June 1 at Arizona.

Johnson’s not sure he’ll hit that target date.

“I’m hoping,” he said. “You never know with this kind of stuff. You’ve got to get all the inflammation out of there. From there it should be fine.”

Right-hander Jay Buente(notes) was selected from Triple-A New Orleans and will start Sunday against Tampa Bay for Johnson.

“He’s impossible to replace,” Buente said. “I’ll just go out and be the pitcher I’ve been up to this point.”

Buente was converted to a starter this season at New Orleans, where he went 3-0 with a 1.94 ERA in 10 games, including five starts.

Because of poor run support, Johnson is only 3-1 in nine starts, but opponents are batting .185 against him, lowest in the NL. Last year Johnson went 11-6, made the All-Star team for the second consecutive time and led the NL with an ERA of 2.30.

Rays manager Joe Maddon was sorry to learn about Johnson’s injury.

“People might think I’m nuts, but I really would have liked to see him pitch Sunday,” Maddon said. “I like the idea of facing the best. You see how you stack up. Hopefully we’ll get him next time.”

The DL stint is the first for Johnson since he underwent reconstructive elbow surgery in 2008, but he was shut out down for the final three weeks of last season because of an ailing back and shoulder.

His current shoulder discomfort is less severe than last season, he said.

“In September I was sore without even throwing,” he said. “Now I don’t feel it until I start throwing. It was something I could throw through, but now is not the time to throw through it.”

The velocity of Johnson’s fastball was down at least 2 to 3 mph in his most recent start Monday against the New York Mets, but he blamed cool, rainy weather. He took a line drive off his right forearm in that game and was pulled as a precaution after five innings, but his forearm was fine the next day.

Manager Edwin Rodriguez said the Marlins’ medical staff is confident Johnson’s shoulder will quickly mend.

Josh Johnson VS Roy Halladay Tonight. I Cannot Wait!!!

Josh Johnson VS Roy Halladay Tonight.  I Cannot Wait!!!

It’s not very often when two of the best pitchers in the sport battle one another.

Even more, it’s even less rare when the two teams competing are battling for first place within the same division.

And even more than that, it is uber-rare when said pitchers are your two most favorite hurlers in the entire sport.

Am I looking forward to the game tonight between the Marlins and the Phillies?

You bet your ass I am!!!


I Agreed 100% With Bobby Valentine Last Night When He Said…

I Agreed 100% With Bobby Valentine Last Night When He Said…

“Josh Johnson will throw a no-hitter this year”.

If you have not had the chance to watch JJ pitch, you need to make more of an effort to do so.  Arguably the best pitcher in the sport right now, 6 of his 7 starts this season have been clinics.

I agree with Bobby Valentine, it is just a matter of time…

Go Get ‘Em Josh!!!

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Named April’s National League ‘Pitcher Of The Month’

Marlins’ Josh Johnson Named April’s National League ‘Pitcher Of The Month’

Florida Marlins starting pitcher Josh Johnson has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for the month of April.

In six April starts, Johnson went 3-0 and led the National League with a 0.88 ERA. The 27-year-old right-hander notched 39 strikeouts, ranking second in the league, while only walking 11 in 41.0 innings of work. The two-time All-Star had six quality starts for the month and he tossed at least 6.0 innings in each of his outings while never allowing more than two earned runs. Johnson’s 18 hits allowed were the fewest allowed before May 1st in the modern era (since 1900) by any pitcher with a minimum of 40.0 innings pitched. On April 1st, Johnson made his second career Opening Day start, going 6.2 innings en route to a 6-2 Marlins victory over the visiting New York Mets. The win marked his first career Opening Day victory. On April 13th, the fourth round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft tossed 7.1 shutout innings, allowing just one hit on the day, a double to Braves rookie Freddie Freeman. He followed that performance with a 7.0-inning, two-hit shutout on April 19th, earning his third win of the season in a 6-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at home. Johnson finished his remarkable month by tossing another 7.0 shutout innings at Cincinnati on April 30th, but did not factor in the decision as the Reds came from behind to win 4-3 in 10 innings. In his last four April starts, a span of 28.1 innings, the Marlins ace allowed only a single earned run. The Marlins, currently tied for the first in the N.L. East, were 4-2 during Johnson’s starts this month. This is his second career National League Pitcher of the Month Award, previously winning for the month of June 2010.

Other pitchers receiving votes were Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14 ERA, 47 SO, 46.1 IP, 7 BB); Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse (4-1, 1.64 ERA, 24 SO, 38.1 IP, 5 BB); Rockies closer Huston Street (10 SV, 2.20 ERA, 17 SO, 16.1 IP); and Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan (1.93 ERA, 8 SV, 12 SO, 14.0 IP).

Josh Johnson will receive specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his Pitcher of the Month performance.

Josh Johnson Does It Again – Seven Scoreless Innings And A 6-0 Win Over Pittsburgh!!!

Josh Johnson Does It Again – Seven Scoreless Innings And A 6-0 Win Over Pittsburgh!!!

He is absolutely on a roll this season!! 

In three consecutive starts, Josh Johnson has taken a no-hitter into the 7th, 8th, and 6th innings.  Each game resulted in a win and JJ now rests comfortably with a 1.00 ERA!

Great game Josh!  GO FISH!!!

Florida Marlins’ Johnson Flirts With No-No, Stymies Atlanta Braves

Florida Marlins’ Johnson Flirts With No-No, Stymies Atlanta Braves

CBSSports.com wire reports
April 13, 2011

ATLANTA — Josh Johnson was almost unhittable. Everyone agrees he can be even better.

Johnson took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning before rookie Freddie Freeman doubled with one out, and the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Johnson (2-0), who held the New York Mets hitless for six innings on opening day, dominated the Braves for 7 1/3 innings, striking out nine and walking three.

“Actually, I felt better my first two starts than tonight,” Johnson said, adding that he “couldn’t really find my rhythm” and was “effectively wild.”

Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said Johnson is “amazing” but hasn’t reached his peak.

“He’s still learning. He’s still getting better and better,” Rodriguez said. “We haven’t seen the best of J.J. That’s my opinion. I think this year and next year and years to come, he’s going to be the best pitcher in baseball. I can see that coming.”

Freeman doubled down the line past third baseman Greg Dobbs. Rodriguez immediately went out to pull his ace after 109 pitches.

Rodriguez said he began worrying in the middle innings about Johnson’s pitch count. He said he asked Johnson in the seventh inning if he wanted to keep pitching.

“He said ‘I’m here for the team,’ ” Rodriguez said.

Would Johnson have remained in the game for the ninth if he still had the no-hitter?

“I would say yes,” Rodriguez said before adding his decision would have been based on the effort Johnson needed to finish the eighth.

Freeman’s hit relieved Rodriguez of a potentially difficult decision.

Chipper Jones hit a home run in the ninth off Randy Choate for the Braves’ only other hit. The home run gave Jones 1,500 RBI for his career.

Johnson came close to a no-hitter in the Marlins’ opener, blanking the Mets until Willie Harris led off the seventh inning with a double.

Jones predicted Johnson’s no-hitter will come.

“That guy is some kind of kid,” Jones said. “He’s going to have his day. I’m just glad it wasn’t today.”

Johnson surprised Jones and the Braves with his new curveball. Jones was happy to take a first-inning walk when he had his first look at the new pitch.

“I thought, ‘Oh, OK, he’s got a curveball now,’ ” Jones said. “I hope he doesn’t throw that to me too many times.”

Braves first-year manager Fredi Gonzalez, who managed the Marlins for 3½ seasons, also was impressed with Johnson’s new look.

“He threw in a different wrinkle from what I’ve seen,” Gonzalez said. “That’s a sign of a good pitcher.

“He’s gotten himself into a class, when you start naming top right-handers, he’s up there.”

Johnson said a no-hitter “isn’t one of my goals” but added “if it happens, it’s really special.”

After taking a no-hitter into the seventh in his first start, the two-time All-Star who led the NL in ERA last year came even closer this time. With his pitch count rising, Johnson needed only eight pitches to retire the Braves in order in the seventh.

Martin Prado grounded back to Johnson to open the eighth before Freeman’s double.

Johnson was trying for Florida’s first no-hitter since Anibal Sanchez threw one against Arizona on Sept. 6, 2006. Al Leiter, Kevin Brown and A.J. Burnett also have pitched no-hitters for Florida.

Chris Coghlan had three hits, including a two-run single in a three-run second. Johnson contributed an RBI single and Logan Morrison hit his third home run.

Tim Hudson (2-1) gave up seven hits and five runs in six innings.

Attendance was 14,351, one day after the series opener drew only 13,856, the smallest in Turner Field history.

The Braves avoided being held hitless only a few days away from the one-year anniversary of Ubaldo Jimenez’s no-hitter at Turner Field on April 17, 2010, in a 4-0 Colorado victory.

Coghlan led off the night with his team-leading sixth double but the Marlins didn’t have another two-base hit, ending their streak of at least two doubles in 10 consecutive games.

Hanley Ramirez drove in Coghlan with a single up the middle. Coghlan added a two-run single in the second after Johnson drove in a run with a single, a hit that came after John Buck was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Morrison’s homer in the third pushed the lead to 5-0.

The Braves’ only baserunners through seven innings were walks by Jones in the first, Brian McCann in the fourth and Nate McLouth in the sixth.


Marlins Ace Josh Johnson Is Ready For The 2011 Baseball Season To Begin!!!

Marlins Ace Josh Johnson Is Ready For The 2011 Baseball Season To Begin!!!

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

MIAMI — Claiming the National League ERA title was rewarding, but Josh Johnson would have traded the distinction for a chance to have finished last season healthy.

Due to a strained back muscle and a sore right shoulder, the Marlins shut Johnson down after a Sept. 4 start.

The two-time All-Star and ace of the staff finished up with an NL-best 2.30 ERA to go along with an 11-6 record in 28 starts. With better fortune, his win total would have been much higher. Johnson exited seven starts with a lead only to settle for a no-decision. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the most of any starter in 2010.

“Everybody talks about the ERA,” Johnson said. “But I would rather have thrown 220-plus innings or however more innings I could have thrown. But it worked out the way it did.”

By missing the final three weeks of 2010, Johnson finished with 183 2/3 innings and 186 strikeouts.

“Just sitting and watching those last couple of weeks, it wasn’t fun,” Johnson said. “It was tough to even go to the dugout. That’s how mad I was. I didn’t want to give a negative vibe on the bench. It was tough.

“I want to be out there with the team and be one of the guys who helps us win, and not just someone who can’t do anything about it.”

Now fully healthy, Johnson is eager for the start of Spring Training, which begins Feb. 18 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who turned 27 on Jan. 31, spent the offseason at his new home in the Las Vegas area.

After spending months training at the Philippi Sports Institute, Johnson arrived in Jupiter last week, where he has been training at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

Already, he has thrown three bullpen sessions in Jupiter, and he has another one scheduled for Friday. Before leaving for Florida, he tossed off the mound three times at his home in Nevada.

A longtime resident of Oklahoma, Johnson and his family had an eventful past few months. In December, his wife, Heidi, gave birth to their second son, Cruz.

About a week before the birth, Johnson began his throwing program, first long tossing off flat ground before working his way to the mound.

Right now, everything is on pace for him to be Florida’s Opening Day starter on April 1 against the Mets at Sun Life Stadium.

While he missed the final three weeks of 2010, Johnson will head into Spring Training workouts with no restrictions.

As part of his recovery in recent months, Johnson specialized his training routine in hopes of preventing another injury setback in 2011. He was recommended to go to the Philippi Sports Institute in Las Vegas.

At the 2010 All-Star Game, Johnson met a friend of Jason Giambi, who also has trained at PSI, which is owned by Mark Philippi, a strongman competitor.

“I did a lot of core stuff,” Johnson said. “I thought I did a lot of core stuff before, but after working with this guy, I realized it wasn’t enough.”

Johnson has refined his diet, and he is doing more distance running. His weight is at 250, and he expects to drop five more pounds by the start of Spring Training.

“I’ll probably be at 245, which is down a little from the past,” Johnson said.

As a preventive measure, Johnson plans on training his core more and working to keep his back loose for the entire season.

More than his shoulder, his back bothered him most in 2010. He felt discomfort in July and pitched through it in August before he was shut down in September.

“The back pretty much caused the shoulder [issue],” Johnson said. “The shoulder just was sore. I went to a chiropractor. It’s fine.”

Johnson plans on doing his stretching and strengthening exercises throughout the season, which is a change in his conditioning program.

“Even if it feels good, you have to make sure you are doing the right stretches,” Johnson said.

One of the hardest throwers in the game, Johnson says he feels his arm strength is building up.

“You just have to wait until you throw more ‘pens,” he said. “Right now, my velocity feels pretty good.”

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.