August 2011

Howard Johnson heading back to the pros

Well, sort of. The independent Rockland (N.Y.) Boulders announced today that they have signed former Mets third baseman (and more recently, hitting coach) Howard Johnson and his son, Glen Johnson, for their final homestand of the season. The father-son combo will suit up on Sept. 4 and 5 against the Newark Bears.

“This may be my last go ‘round so it’s a great opportunity to play in a professional game with my son,” Johnson said in a Boulders release. “How many fathers can do that?”

Johnson, 50, last played professionally in 1995 with the Cubs. He was dismissed as Mets hitting coach after the 2010 season. The Mets selected Glen Johnson in the 36th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, but he never played professionally for the organization.

“This is a dream come true for the Johnson family with father and son playing professional baseball together for the first time,” Boulders president Ken Lehner said in the same release.  “HoJo will always be synonymous with the Mets, but we are proud that he will also have been a Rockland Boulder.”

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Mets welcome Brandon Nimmo

Hours after inking his first professional contract for $2.1 million, Mets top draft pick Brandon Nimmo arrived in Port St. Lucie, Fla. to begin his career. Below are photos of Nimmo signing his contract and posing with fellow top prospect Zack Wheeler. (Both photos courtesy Traer Van Allen of the Mets).

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