Wednesday, April 3, 2013
WSC Birth Years: Dan Johnson
Born: August 10, 1979
Dan signed with the White Sox on February 1, 2012 and made things interesting in spring training. Ultimately, Johnson was cut and sent to the Sox AAA affiliate, where he banged out twenty-eight homers and finished second in the AAA All-Star Home Run Derby.
When the rosters expanded in September 2012, Dan was called up to the Sox. In fourteen games, Johnson mostly appeared as a pinch hitter. He also occasionally took over as designated hitter and at first base during the final weeks of the season. Despite limited action, Dan sported a .364 average in thirty-one plate appearances.
While his home run hitting heroics are remembered on the last day of the 2011 season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Dan saved his home run display for the last day of the 2012 season. Johnson hit three home runs for the White Sox in 2012 and they all came on the last day of the season against the Cleveland Indians, propelling the Pale Hose to a 9-0 victory.