||JockBio Vital Stats
||• New York Mets
||• Height: 6' 0"
|• Weight: 208
||• Born: 3/13/79
- Johan notched his 100th career win against the Dodgers in 2008.
- In 2008, Johan broke Jon Matlack's team record for strikeouts by a lefty with 206.
- Johan finished third in the Cy Young voting in his first season as a Met.
- In 2010, Johan hit his first big-league homer against Matt Moloney of the Reds.
- Heading into 2012, Johan had the lowest ERA of any pitcher since 2004 at 2.89.
- After the 2010 season, John had history's third-best winning percentage at .739, behind Don Gullet and Roy Oswalt.
- Johan credits Twins’
minor league pitching coach Bobby Cuellar for teaching him the changeup.
Cuellar also coached Pedro Martinez when he was with the Montreal Expos.
- Johan roomed with
Tim Redding in the minors.
- Scout Andres Reiner
was so upset that the Astros let Johan go that he tried to reacquire
him for prospect Trever Miller when the Twins sent him to Edmonton to
start the 2002 season.
- Johan was named
AL Pitcher of the Month for August of 2002—his first full month
as a big-league starter.
- Johan led the Twins
in strikeouts in 2002, despite spending two months in the minors and
only starting 14 games.
- Bullpen aces Johan,
Eddie Guardado and JC Romero became known as The three Amigos in 2002.
- Johan’s 11.3
strikeouts per inning in 2002 ranked second in the majors to Randy Johnson.
- Batters hit a paltry
.165 against Johan with runners in scoring position in 2003.
- Prior to the 2004
season, Johan lost his arbitration case and had to accept $1.6 million
instead of the $2.45 million he had filed for.
- Johan had his first
two-hit game as a batter against the Brewers in 2004.
- In 2004, Johan
became the first pitcher in more than 40 years to go 10 starts without
giving up more than four hits or four runs.
- Johann was named
AL Pitcher of the Month for both July and August during the 2004 season.
- Johan joined exclusive
company in Minnesota franchise history in 2004. The last Twin to lead
the AL in strikeouts was Camilo Pascual in 1963. The team record for
K’s was 258, set by Bert Blyleven in 1972.
- Johan was honored
with the 2004 Warren Spahn Award, given to the big league’s best
- In 2006, Johan struck out former teammate David Ortiz to notch his 1,000th career K. Later in the season, Ortiz his his 51st home run off Johan to set a club record for the Red Sox.
- The last pitcher to win the major league Triple Crown before Johan in 2006 was Dwight Gooden in 1985.
- Johan went the entire 2006 season without losing a home game.
- Johan won his first Gold Glove in 2007.
- When Johan returned
to Venezuela after winning the 2004 AL Cy Young Award, president Hugo
Chavez assigned four security guards to protect him.
- Johan made 123 straight starts of five or more innings between 2004 and 2007. In the last 50 years, only Curt Schilling and David Cone had longer streaks.
- In June of 2007, broadcaster Bert Blyleven said he would shave his head if Johan could throw a complete game shutout against the Mets. Johan blanked New York, and Blyleven made good on his promise.
- Johan felt bad
that the man he outpitched for his first major league victory had to
be Jose Lima. Lima had been kind to the minor leaguers when Johan was
in the Houston organization, which impressed the teenager.
- Johan ranks among
the top Rule 5 picks in history. Others include Roberto Clemente, George
Bell and Bobby Bonilla.
- Although the Twins
did not discover Johan, they were among the first major-league clubs
to mine Venezuela’s baseball talent. The team now maintains a
baseball academy in Bejuma, Venezuela. Luis Rivas was the first to reach
the majors from this camp. Juan Rincon and Carlos Pulido are also Venezuelan
- When Johan decided
to sell his SUV in 2004, he listed it on eBay—and threw in a signed
- Johan and his wife, Yasmile, have two children, Jasmily and Jasmine.
Randy Johnson, 2004
New York Post
1962 Salada coin