Tim Johnson

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Timothy Evald Johnson

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Biographical Information[edit]


Tim Johnson was a Montreal Expos coach in 1993 and 1994 and a member of the Boston Red Sox staff in 1995 and 1996. He was fired as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in spring training 1999 not long after admitting he lied to his team about his military service in Vietnam. He was a member of the United States Marines but did not participate in combat, as he had claimed. The firing ocurred in spite of his doing an excellent job in his one year at the helm of the Blue Jays in 1998.

A product of the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system, Johnson had been a light-hitting infielder in the 1970s, playing for the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays from 1973 to 1979. He was the Brewers' regular shortstop as a rookie in 1973, but lost his job to Robin Yount the following season and missed almost all of the 1975 season because of an injury. He hit .223 without a home run in over 500 major league games.

Johnson has been a very successful manager in the minors both before an after his aborted stint as a major league manager. Unfortunately, his bridges have been burned in organized baseball, and he has only managed in the Mexican League and the Independent Leagues since his firing under ignominious circumstances by the Blue Jays in 1999.

Prior to being a manager, Johnson worked for theMajor Leagues Central Scouting Bureau from 1980 to 1982 and as a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1982 to 1986. He was the Montreal Expos' advance scout in 1991 and 1992. He also managed successfully in the Winter Leagues taking Hermosillo of the Mexican Pacific League to the Caribbean World Series in 1989-90.

Preceded by
Mel Queen
Toronto Blue Jays Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Fregosi

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1987 Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League 35-34 5th Los Angeles Dodgers
1988 Great Falls Dodgers Pioneer League 52-17 1st Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1989 Bakersfield Dodgers California League 82-60 3rd Los Angeles Dodgers League Champs
1990 Indianapolis Indians American Association 61-85 4th Montreal Expos
1997 Iowa Cubs American Association 74-69 3rd (t) Chicago Cubs Lost League Finals
1998 Toronto Blue Jays American League 88-74 3rd Toronto Blue Jays
1999 Mexico City Red Devils Mexican League 2nd none League Champs replaced Abelardo Vega
2000 Mexico City Red Devils Mexican League 3rd none Lost League Finals replaced Bernie Tatis
2001 Mexico City Red Devils Mexican League 69-51 2nd none Lost League Finals
2002 Saraperos de Saltillo Mexican League 66-43 2nd none Lost in 1st round
2003 Lincoln Saltdogs Northern League 41-49 6th Independent Leagues
2004 Lincoln Saltdogs Northern League 49-47 5th (t) Independent Leagues
2005 Lincoln Saltdogs Northern League 52-44 4th Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2006 Lincoln Saltdogs American Association 65-31 1st Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2007 Lincoln Saltdogs American Association 57-36 1st Independent Leagues Lost in 1st round
2008 Lincoln Saltdogs American Association 50-45 5th Independent Leagues
2009 Tucson Toros Golden Baseball League 38-35 5th Independent Leagues Lost League Finals
2010 Tucson Toros Golden Baseball League 46-43 6th Independent Leagues
2011 Lake County Fielders North American League 27-36 9th Independent Leagues
2013 El Paso Diablos American Association 39-61 12th Independent Leagues

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