Major League Baseball
High School: C.K. McClatchy
* MLB Career: 12 Years (New York Yankees, Montreal, Wahington, Florida,
* .268 Career Batting Average
* 95 Career Home Runs
* 398 Career RBI’s
Nick was born in Sacramento and went to C.K. McClatchy where he was a standout; and as a senior he was named to the all-state team and was named to the All-America Third Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings.
He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 1996 MLB Draft. After time in the minors, Nick made his MLB debut on August 21, 2001 for the Yankees. In 2004, Nick played for the Montreal Expos in their final season before relocating and becoming the Washington Nationals. During that season the injuries began to plague Nick starting with a back injury and ending with a strange play where a ball hit to first taking a bad hop and breaking his cheekbone. In 2005, Nick worked his way back from injuries and was having an outstanding season: sixth in the league for batting average and had an on base percentage of .478 with runners in scoring position.
In 2006, he was having his best season so far: .428 OBP was 4th in the league and was 2nd in NL walk percentage(18%), 3rd in walks (110), 7th in doubles (46) and intentional walks (15), and 10th in hit-by-pitch (13). However, this all came to a halt on September 23rd when he collided with Austin Kearns attempted to catch a fly ball. Johnson sustained a broken femur and underwent surgery that night to repair the injury. He missed the entire 2007 season. in 2008, he returned to the Washington Nationals and knocked in the first RBI in their new stadium. Sadly, soon after, he sustained a tear in a ligament on the ulnar side of his wrist, and missed the rest of the 2008 season. The next season he was traded to the Marlins, where he continued to have one of the highest walk percentages in the league. Nick returned to the Yankees, then played for the Cleveland Indians and concluded his career with the Baltimore Orioles on 2012.
Nick Johnson played first base in the Major Leagues for 12 seasons. Being known for his patience and discipline at the plate that led to a career high for on base percentage of .401, and a lifetime .384 batting average with the bases loaded.
Nick is the nephew of Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Larry Bowa.