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Mark Johnson
Ultimate Mets Database popularity ranking: 187 of 1043 players
Mark Patrick Johnson
Born: October 17, 1967 at Worcester, Mass.
Throws: Left Bats: Left
Height: 6.04 Weight: 230

Mark Johnson was the most popular Ultimate Mets Database daily lookup on January 11, 2006, October 17, 2010, and November 26, 2011.

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First Mets game: May 16, 2000
Last Mets game: June 2, 2002

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Mr. Sparkle
December 22, 2000
They didn't give him much of a chance. He had potential, it's a shame we didn't see more of him. Decent power.

Bob H.
April 8, 2001
Just caught him playing a series in Charlotte with the Tides. Man this guy can hit. How can a guy with a good stroke and so much raw power lock up when he gets to the bigs?

May 5, 2001
Every time he comes to the plate, the announcers mention that he was a quarterback at Dartmouth. You can't be much of a major league hitter if all they can talk about is your college football career. He has some serious power, but that doesn't help much if you can't put wood on the ball.

May 23, 2001
Size and a lot of power don't really mean very much when you homer 13 times and strike out 66 in 132 ABs. That was Mark Johnson to a Tee.

June 14, 2001
This guy may not ever be great. But they say he hits well in the minors and he already has the same amount of homers as Zeile this season. Let him play 1st base and get comfortable. Maybe he'll produce, he could do no worse than Zeile. What do we got to lose at this point in the season. Shake things up, make some real changes. It might light a fire under these guys.

July 7, 2001
mark johnson is a big man. if only he could make contact with the occasional pitch...his swing is longer than the 2001 Mets season has been so far. it is nice to see him get a shot though, theyve been shuffling him back and forth for a while now. maybe hes one of those AAAA players.

September 1, 2001
he'S A REAlly good baseball player and a really strong guy, lotza potential. not 2 mention hes a really nice guy!

December 17, 2001
I had the great pleasure of meeting Mark Johnson in August of this year in Houston, and then again in September in Atlanta. Mark was a really great guy. In Houston, he took time out very late at night (though he was very obviously tired and ready for some r&r) to stop and sign autographs, take pictures and just chat in general. Then he went out of his way to come over to speak to us at the wall the next afternoon at batting practice. We thought that he was very sweet to do that, but we never expected that he would remember us in Atlanta almost a month and a half later. However, there we were at batting practice at the Ted, and Mark came over and spoke to us, signed more autographs, took more pictures, and reminded us of an incident with my sister, Stacey in an elevator. All in all, Mark Johnson is a really nice person.

Joe Figliola
February 25, 2002
Mark Johnson is a Matt Franco clone with a little more power. What else is there to say?

July 4, 2002
Met him 2 years ago in AAA game, got him to sign some autograph while his wife and his kid was with him after the game outside the stadium, his son say "daddy is that you" that's about one of the best memory I ever had in my autograph collecting

February 5, 2003
A mistake hitter. He's got a lot of holes you can pitch to. I don't think the Matt Franco comparison is all that relevant because Franco makes much more frequent solid contact.

February 6, 2003
Mark always seems to have a decent spring training, but once the season starts he strikes out constantly. He can't hit the side of a barn for some reason, probably because the pitchers in spring training aren't the real deal and once the real games start he just isn't real major league material.

Gregory Gewirtz
March 25, 2003
Johnson is one of those guys who blew too many opportunities when he was younger, as a Pirate, and would never be put into consideration for serious playing time, despite his minor league success.

Maybe he was a guy who needed regular playing time to succeed, and he just couldn't show his skill with inconsistent playing time. We'll never know.

He had a few big hits in the lost season of 2001, and was the first man thrown off the ship in the 2002 debacle, trading places at Norfolk with "Smokey" Tony Tarasco.

Jonathan Stern
March 16, 2007
Pretty good as a substitute player, not good enough to be an everyday player.

Jared K
June 12, 2007
The prototypical AAAA player. Like a previous poster perfectly described, a mistake hitter. Nothing really special.

He did have quite the sense of humor though. I was at a Mets-Yankees game in 2001 at Yankee Stadium, the only guy in the right field bleachers with Mets apparel! They were giving him quite a hard time when he patrolled right field that day. Whenever they'd yell at him, he turned around and gave a big goofy smile and wave! Funny stuff, man!

November 23, 2015
He went 3-for-12 (.250) in 2000 and 11-for-27 (.407) in 2001 as a pinch hitter, then they dumped him after a 4-for-19 (.211) stretch in 2002 for Tony Tarasco. He also hit a couple of pinch homers for the Mets in his career. What really plagued him was when he had to play every day. He was a good pinch hitter and seemed to always rip the ball at least once a game in his spot starts. But in 2002 when Mo Vaughn broke his pinkie finger Johnson had to fill in for him and that was pretty much it for him. I think he went 3-for-23 in his spot starts for Vaughn. Tarasco's numbers were a lot prettier by the end of the season but I would have stuck with Johnson. I think his pinch hitting would have come around and I doubt he would have embarrassed the organization with a drug scandal.

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