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Nick Johnson (born September 19, 1978 in Sacramento, California) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball, currently with the Washington Nationals.
He previously played with the New York Yankees between 2001 and 2003, and with the Montreal Expos in 2004. Johnson is known for his patience at the plate and extreme discipline, leading to a high on base percentage. Johnson is also not a dead pull hitter, and can hit the ball to the opposite field with authority.
He is the nephew of former Philadelphia Phillies manager, and current Yankee third base coach, Larry Bowa.
In 1998 he batted .317/.466/.538 with 17 home runs in 303 at bats for Tampa.
In 1999 he was an All-Star for Norwich, and batted .345/.525/.548 with 37 HBP and 123 walks in 420 official at bats.
He participated in the 1999 and 2001 Futures Game during All-Star Weekend, playing for the United States team.
Johnson has a .446 lifetime minor league obp.
Johnson had a terrific year — when healthy — in 2003 with the Yankees. He hit .284/.422/.472. While he didnâ??t play from May 15th to July 25th because of a hand injury, he ranked 9th among first baseman in RARP — a derivative of EqA which is a counting stat. Only 4 of the hitters ahead of him — Carlos Delgado, Todd Helton, Jason Giambi and Jim Thome— had a better EqA; the other 4 simply played more than Nick. To be a truly great player, he'll have to stay on the field; he's among the better hitters even with his missed time. Expanding beyond his position, he would have tied with Edgar Martinez for the 17th best EqA in baseball. He was 24 for all but the last few weeks of the season.
After the 2003 season, the Yankees traded him, along with Juan Rivera and Randy Choate to the Montreal Expos for Javier Vazquez.
In 2004, his first, and, as it turned out, last season with the Montreal Expos, injuries struck again. He couldn't play until May 28th because of a back injury. He struggled after initial success. By the time his season was ended by a ball hit to first that took a bad hop and broke his cheekbone, he was down to a .251/.359/.398 line. The back injury was another troubling sign regarding his fragility. The year was a big disappointment as far as his hitting was concerned.
2005: With the new Washington Nationals, Johnson continued doing what he did in 2003, and making 2004 look like a blip on the radar screen. He hit .289/.408 (6th best in the league)/.479. He had a .478 obp with runners in scoring position. He batted cleanup for the majority of the season; despite the fact that he has a much higher OBP than the third place hitter on the team — Jose Guillen — and Guillen had more raw power, which would come in handy when Johnson is on base over 40% of the time.
2006: Johnson hit .290/.428 (4th best in the league)/.520, in his best year so far. He was 3rd in the NL in walks (110), 7th in doubles (46) and intentional walks (15), and 10th in hit by pitch (13). He had a .454 obp with runners in scoring position.
He had by far his worst season in the field, however, with 15 errors.
Lifetime, with the bases loaded, he has a .385 batting average and .468 obp, with 39 RBI in 39 at bats.
A major part of his game, as illustrated by the number of walks he gets, is seeing a lot of pitches, which leads to the pitcher tiring. In 2003, 2004, and 2006 he saw 4.28 pitches per plate appearance in each year. In '05 he saw 4.00. In a typical year, the average P/PA will be in the mid to upper 3's.
Just before the 2006 began, Nick signed a 3-year, 16.5 million dollar extension, with a trade clause after the second year.
On September 23, 2006, playing against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, Johnson and right fielder Austin Kearns collided while making a sliding attempt to catch a fly ball. Johnson sustained a broken femur and underwent surgery that night to repair the injury. It has been reported that the surgery was successful and that he should be ready to play for the 2007 season. 
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