Ron Johnson (baseball)

Ron Johnson
Johnson as manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2009.
First baseman
Born: (1956-03-23) March 23, 1956
Long Beach, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 1982, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
June 22, 1984, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Batting average .261
Games Played 22

Ronald David Johnson (born March 23, 1956) is an American minor league baseball manager, the skipper of the Norfolk Tides of the International League, Triple-A farm system affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, since 2012.[1]

Johnson also is the former first base coach of the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. His return to Norfolk in 2018 marked his 14th season as a Triple-A manager; he formerly helmed the Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League (2005–09), and the Omaha Royals (1998) and Omaha Golden Spikes (1999) of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

During his playing career, Johnson was a first baseman for the Kansas City Royals and Montreal Expos in his brief big-league career from 1982 to 1984. He threw and batted right-handed, and was listed at 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and 215 pounds (98 kg).

As a player: Brief MLB career

When in high school, Johnson turned down football scholarships to UCLA and Fresno State to instead play baseball. Johnson was originally drafted by the California Angels in the 13th round of the 1976 June amateur draft, but did not sign. The Fresno State graduate was a first-team All-American selection in 1978 before being drafted by Kansas City in the 24th round, the 595th overall pick. He made his major league debut with the Royals on September 12, 1982.[2] On December 15, 1983, he was traded by Royals to the Expos for Tom Dixon.

Johnson played in 22 big-league games over parts of three seasons, batting .261 with 12 hits, including two doubles and two runs batted in. He played 830 games in the minor leagues, most of them at the Triple-A level. Shortly after his playing days ended in 1985, he became a coach in the Royals' minor league system for six years.

Longtime manager in minors

Johnson made his managerial debut with the Baseball City Royals (Class A) of the Florida State League in 1992. In 1995, he won Texas League Manager of the Year honors after guiding the Wichita Wranglers (Double-A) to the playoffs. In 1998, he reached Triple-A as manager of the Omaha Royals, and in 1999 he led that club to a first-place finish in the Pacific Coast League. Johnson posted six winning seasons in his eight years managing in the Royals' organization.

Johnson joined the Boston Red Sox organization in 2000 as manager of the Sarasota Red Sox (Class A) of the Florida State League. In 2002, Johnson was promoted to Double-A as manager of the Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League. When the Red Sox switched Double-A affiliations to the Portland Sea Dogs in 2003, he moved with them and was manager of the Sea Dogs for the next two seasons. His 2003 club went 72–70 and missed the Eastern League playoffs by just a game and a half. In 2004, Johnson once again had Portland near .500 for much of the year before finishing at 69–73 and in a tie for 4th-place in the Eastern League Northern Division. From 2005 to 2009, Johnson served as manager for the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox.

On November 23, 2009, Johnson was appointed the new first base coach for the Major League Red Sox.[3] He held the post for two seasons, but on October 5, 2011, it was announced that Johnson was dismissed from the Red Sox staff following the departure of Terry Francona.[4] He was then appointed manager of the Tides, and led them to back-to-back winning seasons in 2012–13. He then managed the 2015 Tides to a division title and was named the International League's Manager of the Year.[5]

His managerial record through 2017 is 1,683–1,702 (.497) over 24 seasons.[1][6] The 2018 campaign marks his seventh consecutive year as Norfolk's manager, and he holds the franchise record for games won as a manager (422 through 2017).[5]

Personal life

Johnson and his wife Daphne have five children.[7]

His son Chris was drafted in the 37th round by the Red Sox in June 2003 but instead opted for college; and was later drafted by the Houston Astros. Primarily a third baseman, Chris Johnson has spent a dozen years in professional baseball, including all or parts of eight seasons (2009–16) in the Majors with five teams. He had a breakout season in 2013 as an Atlanta Brave, finishing second in the National League batting race at .321. He also led the Braves in doubles (34) and finished second on the club in hits (165). Chris spent part of the 2017 season reunited with his father as a member of the Triple-A Tides in the Baltimore organization.

Ron Johnson was forced to take an emergency leave from his coaching duties with the Red Sox on August 1, 2010, after his youngest daughter was seriously injured in an equestrian accident.[8] He missed the rest of the season but was able to return to the Red Sox at the outset of spring training in 2011.


  1. 1 2 "Johnson returning for fifth season at Triple-A Norfolk". 12 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  2. "Kansas City Royals 18, Minnesota Twins 7". Retrosheet. September 12, 1982.
  3. Abraham, Peter. Red Sox finalize coaching staff, The Boston Globe. Published November 23, 2009. Retrieved November 23, 2009.
  4. Abraham, Peter.Report: Red Sox Let 1B coach Ron Johnson go, "The Boston Globe". Published October 5, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
  5. 1 2 "Orioles Announce Tides' Coaching Staff for 2018". Norfolk Tides official website. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  6. Baseball Reference
  7. McDonald, Joe (December 29, 2010). "Healing is a family affair for Johnsons". Retrieved June 27, 2014.
  8. The Patriot-Ledger, Quincy, Massachusetts, August 8, 2010
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tom Poquette
Memphis Chicks manager
Succeeded by
Jerry Royster
Preceded by
Keith Champion
Wichita Wranglers manager
Succeeded by
John Mizerock
Preceded by
Mike Jirschele
Omaha Royals/
Golden Spikes

Succeeded by
John Mizerock
Preceded by
Billy Gardner, Jr.
Trenton Thunder manager
Succeeded by
Stump Merrill
Preceded by
Eric Fox
Portland Sea Dogs manager
Succeeded by
Todd Claus
Preceded by
Buddy Bailey
Pawtucket Red Sox manager
Succeeded by
Torey Lovullo
Preceded by
Tim Bogar
Boston Red Sox first-base coach
Succeeded by
Alex Ochoa
Preceded by
Gary Allenson
Norfolk Tides manager
Succeeded by
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