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Charles Johnson from the Chronology
Sep 27, 2003 - The Cardinals defeat the Diamondbacks 3-2 as Edgar Renteria becomes the 1st NL SS in 18 years to drive in 100 runs. Todd Helton of the Rookies narrowly loses the N.L. batting title to Albert Pujols of the Cardinals on the final day of the season He trailed Pujols by as much as 56 points before making his charge. Also leading the NL is Mike Matheny of the Cardinals the first catcher since Charles Johnson in 1997 to sport a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Jun 7, 2003 - The Royals defeat the Rockies 9-5 in the 2nd game of their doubleheader as Todd Jones makes his 1st career start for Colorado after 632 relief appearances to set a ML record. Chuck McElroy was the former record holder with 603 relief appearances before his 1st start. The Royals take game 1 13-11 scoring 12 runs off Shawn Chacon (8-3) in 3 2/3 innings. Mike Sweeney has a grand slam in the 2nd and Charles Johnson answers that with a grand slam for the Rockies.
Nov 18, 2002 - When the financial dust clears‚ the cash-strapped Rockies move a 6-year $84.5 million commitment they had to Mike Hampton‚ plus the 3-year $6.6 million commitment they had to Juan Pierre. In return they take on $1.1 million due Vic Darensbourg‚ a 3-year $25 million commitment to Charles Johnson as well as a 3-year $28 million contract of Preston Wilson. They also will pay Atlanta $11 million left on Hampton's contract. Colorado saves $26 million over the next 6 years. Florida agrees to pay $34 million on Hampton's contract and takes on Pierre's contract. The net savings to Florida is $13.5 million. The Braves have Hampton for 6 years at a cost of $39.5 million.
Nov 16, 2002 - In a swap of large contracts‚ the Rockies trade P Mike Hampton and OF Juan Pierre to the Marlins for OF Preston Wilson‚ C Charles Johnson‚ P Vic Darensbourg‚ and INF Pablo Ozuna. It is the start of a three way deal.
Dec 18, 2000 - In related signings the White Sox ink free agent C Sandy Alomar to a 2-year contract while the Marlins sign free agent C Charles Johnson to a 5-year contract. Johnson was the Sox catcher last season.
Mar 28, 1999 - The Baltimore Orioles make the 1st visit to Cuba by major leaguers since 1959‚ and defeat a team of Cuban League‚ 3-2 in 11 innings. P Jose Contreras hurls 8 innings of 2-hit‚ 10-K ball in relief for the Cubans‚ while C Charles Johnson hits a 2-run homer and DH Harold Baines drives in the winning run for the Orioles. The two teams will play a rematch at Camden Yards in Baltimore on May 3. As part of the arrangement with the Cubans‚ ML ships a reported 7‚500 wooden bats to Cuba‚ and the Cuban League immediately switches from metal bats.
May 15, 1998 - In one of the biggest trades in recent years the Dodgers send All-Star C Mike Piazza and 3B Todd Zeile to the Florida Marlins in exchange for outfielders Gary Sheffield and Jim Eisenreich C Charles Johnson 3B Bobby Bonilla and P Manuel Barrios. Piazza's stay in Miami will be just a week.
Mar 31, 1998 - Marlins' C Charles Johnson who had not committed an error in a record 172 consecutive regular season games is charged with one on a wild throw in the 1st inning of Florida's opening day 11-6 victory over the Cubs. Johnson hits a 3-run HR in Florida's 6-run 1st inning to atone for his miscue. The defending champs will lose their next 10 games.
Sep 19, 1997 - Marlins' C Charles Johnson ties Buddy Rosar's mark for consecutive games without an error (117) but does make his only passed ball of the year as the Marlins defeat the Mets 5-2 Johnson will finish the year with 124 games without an E.
Sep 12, 1997 - Florida C Charles Johnson sets a major league record by playing his 160th straight game without committing an error. The previous mark was set by Rick Cerone. The Marlins lose the game however 1-0 to the Giants.
Jun 10, 1997 - Kevin Brown fires the season's first no-hitter with just a hit batter preventing the Marlins' ace from a perfect game. Florida stops the Giants 9-0. With two outs in the eighth Brown's 1-2 pitch nicks Marvin Benard on the right leg. Giant starter William VanLandingham also takes a no-hitter into the seventh but Charles Johnson's two-run homer with one out opens a 7-run deluge.
Jun 1, 1992 - The Astros select Cal State-Fullerton 3B Phil Nevin with the 1st pick in the amateur draft and sign him for $700000. Picking 6th the Yanks take Derek Jeter who will reject a University of Michigan offer to sign with New York. The Marlins will use their 1st pick on catcher Charles Johnson. The A's take Jason Giambi (2nd round) and the Cards get T.J. Mathews on the 36th. The Giants snag Marvin Bernard on the 50th round. The Brewers take Ken Felder on the 1st round but he will prove a flop: their best pick is Scott Karl (6th round). Marvin Benard goes to the Giants on the 50th round.
May 20, 1947 - Athletics C Buddy Rosar drops a pop-up off Walt Judnich's bat for his first error in 147 games and 756 chances. Yogi Berra will extend the record to 148 and 950 in 1957-59 but Rosar's 1946 single-season record of 115 games and 605 errorless chances will not be surpassed until 1997 by the Marlins' (NL) Charles Johnson. The Browns win 11-1 behind Red Muncrief.