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"Really surprised," he said. "We’d only played two games because we kept getting snowed out and I didn’t play in either one. So, yeah, surprised. Earth-shattering. Awesome. I can’t explain the emotion I felt at the time."
Johnson’s stay with the Angels lasted a month. He batted four times and got two hits — both in Toronto.
The Keith Johnson file
Position » Manager, Salt Lake Bees
Date of birth » April 17, 1971
Hometown » Hanford, Calif.
Residence » Salt Lake City
Career highlights » Drafted by the Dodgers (1992). ... Played 12 years of pro baseball including stops in the Pacific Coast League with Albuquerque (1996, 1998), Tucson (1999), Edmonton (2000), Las Vegas (2001) and Salt Lake (2002-03). ... Hit .264 with 118 homers and 600 RBIs in 1,265 minor-league at-bats. ... Made his major league debut on his 29th birthday (April 17, 2000). ... Went 2 for 4 in his big-league career. Hired to manage the Bees on Dec. 10, 2010.
The schedule for the best-of-five PCL Pacific Division playoff series:
Wednesday » Las Vegas at Salt Lake, 6:35 p.m.
Thursday » Las Vegas at Salt Lake, 6:35 p.m.
Friday » Salt Lake at Las Vegas, 8:05 p.m. MDT
Saturday » Salt Lake at Las Vegas, 1:05 p.m. MDT (if necessary)
Sunday » Salt Lake at Las Vegas, 1:05 p.m. MDT (if necessary)
"The first one was an 0-1 splitter off John Frascatore to left," Johnson said. "The second one was a first-pitch fastball away from David Wells that I hit right back at him. It went off his glove."
After the final two seasons in Salt Lake, which is now his full-time home, Johnson became the Bees’ manager in 2010. This season, he was named the PCL’s Manager of the Year for leading Salt Lake into the playoffs.
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