Kelly Johnson Named NL Player of the MonthPosted by Jeff Summers on May 2, 2010 in 2010 Regular Season | 0 comments
Just last week, Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Mark Reynolds was named National League Player of the Week. At that time manager AJ Hinch jokingly told Reynolds he was not even the best player on the team that week let alone the best in the national league.
The people at Major League Baseball took Hinch’s remarks to heart and awarded Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson not player of the week honors but Player of the Month for April.
Johnson’s production in April is exactly what the Arizona Diamondbacks were hoping for when they signed him in December after the Atlanta Braves released him.
Johnson belted nine home runs, drove in 18 runs, hit 17 extra-base hits, and led all of the majors with a .750 slugging percentage. He has been a catalyst for the revamped Diamondbacks offense leading the team in home runs and is among the leaders in most categories.
The Diamondbacks are averaging nearly six runs per game and most of that offense is a result of the example Johnson is setting. When Hinch notified Johnson of the award it came with a request, “You got five months to repeat.” The Diamondbacks and their fans are hoping he can continue the pace he set this first month.