Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #97 3-Peat for Charles


Marlins’ pitcher Livan Hernandez , celebrating with catcher Charles Johnson (ROBERT MAYER, Sun Sentinel )

Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Today we end our Gold Glove Moments, and what a way to end it. We are taking you back to 1997, a great year in Marlins history (I bet there are some more great moments yet to come from this year later on this list). For moment 97 (ok I didn’t plan it like that) we are brining you Charles Johnson’s 3rd Gold Glove Award as a catcher.

With all the other great things that happened in 1997, some fans seem to forget that Charles won his 3rd Gold Glove in a row as a Marlin, which allowed him to become the first Marlin to win the honor 3 times. 1997 was possibly Charles best year behind the plate: he recorded 900 put outs, 73 assist, ZERO errors, 12 double plays, and had a fielding percentage of 1.000 (.010 better then the league average)! All those numbers were the highest Charles ever had as a Marlin!

Now how did he do while players were trying to steal on him? Well 118 runners tried to steal on Charles and 56 were caught giving him a 47.5 % in caught stealing! The 56 caught was good enough to lead the League, and the 47.5% was 2nd in the League. Pretty impressive numbers!

Well those are all the Gold Gloves the Marlins have to offer. So far, all the awards we have been talking about have all been player awards; what about the people who tell the players what to do? Join me next time and see if we can pull up some Manager base awards. Until then, as always… Let’s Go Marlins!