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23 Chris Johnson 3B
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 10/1/1984 | Birthplace: Naples, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Atlanta | College: Stetson | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $2,287,500 | Owned/Started%: 47/35 | Average Draft Position: 228.19
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Chris Johnson hits eighth home run Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Braves infielder Chris Johnson hit his eighth home run Thursday against the Marlins.

Johnson struck in his first at-bat. In the second inning, he hit a 93 mph fastball from Henderson Alvarez out to left for a two-run shot. Johnson finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Chris Johnson doubles home run total over weekend


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) After homering twice Saturday against the Cubs, Braves third baseman Chris Johnson homered again during a 10-7 win Sunday. In his last two games, he is batting .556 (5 for 9) with three home runs, five runs and seven RBI.

Johnson had all of three home runs in his first 90 games before he doubled his home run total over the weekend. Though, Johnson has been a steady offensive contributor since early June. He is batting .313 with 22 RBI in his last 37 games.

It's not surprising Johnson has performed well over the last few weeks since the highest batting averages of his career have come in June (.305) and July (.318). He's a pretty good second-half performer as well, posting a .298 average, .463 slugging percentage and .797 OPS in his career after the All-Star break. Last season, Johnson hit .311 with six home runs, 14 doubles and 37 RBI in 64 games in the second half.


Chris Johnson slugs two home runs in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went 2 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI in his team's 11-6 win over the Cubs Saturday.

Johnson hit just one home run each in April, May and June, but he was able to knock two in a single game in July before reaching the All-Star break. He tied the game 2-2 with a two-run shot in the second inning and broke a 3-3 tie with another two-run blast in the fourth. Johnson has hit .272/.294/.365 with five home runs and 33 RBI in 353 at-bats.


Chris Johnson ejected in sixth inning Sunday at Washington


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was ejected from Sunday's game against the Nationals in the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes. Johnson was 1 for 3 with one strikeout in the game.

Chris Johnson drives in all three in Braves win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Braves infielder Chris Johnson did the heavy lifting for the offense Thursday, in a 3-0 win over the Nationals.

Johnson drove in all three of the Braves runs in the game, two with a fourth-inning single and one more in the eighth with another single. He finished the game 2 for 4, his third multi-hit game during a five-game hitting streak.

Johnson was hitting just .256 since the start of June, but has a .342 average with six RBI in the month so far.  


Chris Johnson hits third home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Braves infielder Chris Johnson hit his third home run Friday against the Angels.

Johnson went back-to-back with Evan Gattis in the first inning. Johnson worked an eight-pitch at-bat against C.J. Wilson. On the final pitch, Johnson belted a 92 mph fastball out to left center for the solo shot. He finished 2 for 4, with one run and one RBI.

Johnson is hitting .271/.289/.352 in 247 at-bats.


Chris Johnson smacks second home run of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Braves infielder Chris Johnson came up big at the plate on Sunday, launching his second home run of the season in a 7-0 victory over the Rockies.

Johnson took Nick Masset deep for a two-run shot in the eighth inning. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. Prior to Sunday's game, his last home run came on April 2.

Johnson owns a .264/.286/.354 slash line with 11 RBI in 178 at-bats.

Chris Johnson back in lineup following outburst


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Braves infielder Chris Johnson was back in the lineup Saturday against the Rockies, after he was benched during Friday's game.

Johnson was pulled from the game Friday, after he smashed a bat in the dugout following a strikeout. A part of the bat hit manager Fredi Gonzalez, who removed Johnson from the game immediately afterwards, but told MLB.com one night of punishment was enough.

"I think what he had to go through yesterday, stand up and talk [to the media] and stand up and talk to his teammates, I think that's good enough," Gonzalez said. "That's punishment enough. That's a humbling experience with a Major League baseball player. All the sudden, you get taken out of game and then you've got to explain yourself."

Johnson has struggled through a tough season, hitting just .263/.287/.339 in 171 at-bats, while striking out 45 times with just five walks.


Chris Johnson accepts punishment after Friday freak-out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson blew his stack after fanning in the second inning of the Friday night game against Colorado. The result was a benching and a lesson learned.

"I let my emotions get the best of me tonight," he told MLB.com. "I came in, in the tunnel and blew up a little bit. That's dangerous to do. There were some people down there that weren't too happy about it."

Among them was Fredi Gonzalez, who immediately removed him from the game after pieces of the bat Johnson had been wielding hit him near the top of the dugout steps.

"I agree 100 percent with the decision," Johnson added. "It was the right thing to do. Taking me out of the game and not letting me play is probably the worst thing to do to me because all I want to do is go out there and play. So whatever the punishment might be, I'll take it like a man and try to get better."


Chris Johnson emerges from slump with big game Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was in a 1-for-23 slide heading into the game Thursday night against Milwaukee. He was on a 3-for-4 streak when he left the park.

Johnson singled three times and scored a run in the seventh inning to help his team earn a comeback victory. He now boasts a stat line of .266/.290/.343.


Chris Johnson drives in two in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Braves infielder Chris Johnson continues to turn his season around, as he recorded yet another two-hit game Wednesday, in a 10-4 loss to the Giants.

Johnson went 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI in the game, accounting for half of the team's offense. He also scored a run and added a walk, while getting has average up to .279 on the season.

After hitting just .230 in the month of April, Johnson has been red-hot in May. He is hitting .367 in 49 at-bats since May 1. 


Chris Johnson to make $23.5 million


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson will make $23.5 million over three years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johnson's deal will also include a $10 million team option for 2018. The 29-year-old is hitting .255 over 94 at-bats this season. Johnson is the sixth player the Braves have signed to a multi-year deal over the last three months. 


Braves confirm three-year extension with Chris Johnson


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) The Braves have confirmed a three-year extension with third baseman Chris Johnson, according to the MLB.com.

The deal will also include an option for 2018. Financial details of the contract have yet to be released. Johnson is hitting .255 in 95 at-bats.


Braves expected to finalize, announce deal with Chris Johnson


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) The Braves are expected to finalize and announce a contract extension with third baseman Chris Johnson Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The deal was initially reported by FoxSports, but details remain scarce. The two sides were said to be nearing a deal Thursday, and it appears they settled on terms. The extension is reportedly for three seasons. Johnson is hitting .255 in 94 at-bats.


Chris Johnson nearing extension with Braves


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) The Braves are nearly done with an extension for infielder Chris Johnson, as first reported by FOXSports.com.

Some details on the deal are not yet known, though the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports it will buy out two years of arbitration as well as his first year of free agency. A second free-agency season may be included as a team option, though that is not yet confirmed.

One year after finishing with spitting distance of the NL batting crown, Johnson is off to a slow start this season, hitting .231/.260/.330 entering play Thursday. 


Chris Johnson mired in offensive drought


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson's batting average has gone south quickly since his last multi-hit game April 18.

Johnson had produced a .293 batting average through 15 games, but he's batting just .121 (4 for 33) in his last 10 games, dropping his season average to .231. Johnson doesn't have an RBI in his last 10 games and he hasn't homered in 22 games.


Chris Johnson breaks out Friday with three hits


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson broke a hitless streak that had lasted nine at-bats Friday with three hits in his last four plate appearances in a victory over National League East rival Washington.

Johnson doubled in the third, singled in a run in the fifth and keyed the winning rally in the 10th with another single to bolster his season stat line to .275/.286/.450. His OBP has been weakened by the fact that he has walked just once.


Chris Johnson's HR proves to be game-winner


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) There wasn't much offense generated during Wednesday's game between the Brewers and Braves, as Matt Garza and Aaron Harang had quite the pitcher's duel. However, Braves third baseman Chris Johnson provided the only offense Harang would need during a 1-0 win for Atlanta.

Johnson broke up Garza's no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning when he crushed a solo home run to left field. Harang was also working on a no-hitter at the time, but he gave up his first hit leading off the bottom of the seventh.

Johnson, who had 12 home runs last season, is batting .250 (3 for 12) with one RBI through three games. He struck out twice Wednesday, raising his season total to three.


Braves manager considering lineup options


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday he is leaning toward batting B.J. Upton second in the lineup, per MLB.com. Gonzalez said he is also mulling batting Chris Johnson cleanup and dropping Evan Gattis to sixth or seventh in the lineup.

Braves, Chris Johnson avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Braves and third baseman Chris Johnson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.75 million.

Johnson had an exceptional year at the plate in his first season with the Braves in 2013, hitting .321/.358/.457 with 12 home runs and 68 RBI in 514 at-bats.


Braves tender lengthy list of arbitration candidates


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Faced with a bevy of arbitration-eligible players ahead of Monday's non-tender deadline, the Braves opted to bring back all but three of them. Only one was actually signed to a contract, as the team agreed to undisclosed terms on a one-year deal with infielder Ramiro Pena, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The team also tendered contracts to nine other players, whose salaries for 2014 will be determined by the arbitration process, unless contracts can be agreed upon. Pitchers Craig KimbrelBrandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Jordan Walden; infielders Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer will all return to the team next season. 


Chris Johnson goes hitless for third straight game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson, who is second in the National League in the race for the batting title, went hitless for the third consecutive game in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Brewers.

Johnson owned a .332 average after going 2 for 4 against the Cubs Saturday but has went 0 for 11 over his next three games to drop to .325. The Braves wrap up the regular season with a four-game series against the Phillies that begins Thursday.


Chris Johnson sits Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Braves infielder Chris Johnson is not in the team's starting lineup against the Brewers Tuesday.

Johnson will be replaced at third by Elliot Johnson. Though 499 at-bats, Chris Johnson is hitting .327/.363/.459.


Chris Johnson homers in three-hit performance


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson had a big game in Friday's 9-5 win over the Cubs, going 3 for 4 with a double, home run, two runs and two RBI. The three-hit performance puts him percentage points behind Michael Cuddyer for the NL batting title, with Cuddyer leading .3312 to .3306.

Johnson's home run was his first since Aug. 21. He's hit .331/.368/.466 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 487 at-bats.


Chris Johnson picks up three hits


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Braves third baseman Chris Johnson had a strong game Thursday against the Marlins.

Johnson notched three hits, including a single and two doubles. He's hitting .330, and is a threat to win a batting title. He finished with no runs scored and two RBI.