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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Former Tides Manager Ron Johnson dies after battle with COVID-19

Ron Johnson, the all-time winningest manager in Norfolk Tides history, has died of complications from COVID-19, the team announced on Tuesday.

Johnson, who was 64, managed the Baltimore Orioles’ triple-A affiliate from 2012 to 2018. He piled up 491 wins over his tenure, which was the longest in franchise history.

“Our entire organization is devastated by this news,” Tides General Manager Joe Gregory said in a statement. “RJ was a fantastic manager who always got so much out of his players, but he was an even better person behind the scenes. His personality and love of the game made him one of baseball’s outstanding people, and he’ll truly be missed.”

Johnson spent three years in the big leagues, and his son Chris was a third baseman with the Astros, Braves, and Indians.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 26, 2021 at 02:39 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Itchy Row Posted: January 26, 2021 at 05:49 PM (#6001895)
He only played 22 major league games, but in the last one, he replaced Pete Rose in a game that featured a lot of the players I remember best from when I started watching baseball. Rookie Dwight Gooden pitched a complete game loss but got his 100th strikeout and lowered his ERA to 2.55.
   2. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: January 26, 2021 at 05:59 PM (#6001898)
The wrong Ron Johnson :(
   3. The Duke Posted: January 26, 2021 at 06:03 PM (#6001899)
My wife has a Chris Johnson jersey. She chose Johnson and I chose freeman. I chose more wisely
   4. Ron J Posted: January 26, 2021 at 07:10 PM (#6001932)
#2 What do you mean? I'm tempted to take that personally. (US politics is always kind of weird for me given my name)
   5. Dog on the sidewalk has an ugly bracelet Posted: January 26, 2021 at 07:23 PM (#6001939)
I didn't know you were a Johnson. But no, I don't wish you death. I don't even wish you harm!

I also don't wish the right Ron Johnson death. It's just that if one has to go, he'd be my choice.
   6. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: January 26, 2021 at 07:33 PM (#6001947)
Everyone around the Red Sox organization raved about him. The Johnsons daughter was nearly killed in an accident riding her horse and lost a leg. Long but very good story here about it.. Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen called her apparently.

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