Dallas Star-Telegram

Former New York Mets third baseman Howard Johnson is recovering after being hit with a line drive on his left cheekbone, below his eye. Johnson was taken from the Rangers dugout on a stretcher and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said, “It got there really quick. It was ugly. He was awake and he responded to all of the medial questions. So that’s a good sign.”

Johnson was a member of the 1986 World Series championship team. He played nine seasons with the Mets, batting .251 with 192 home runs and 629 RBI.


Mets in 10’s: The Best and the Worst of an Amazin’ History (New York: Arcadia Publishing, 2018)

Since their inception in 1962, the New York Mets have not traveled the straight and narrow path. These top 10 lists chart the many highs and lows over that journey–from World Series victories in 1969 and 1986 through an injury-shattered 2017 season. The team’s passionate fans lovingly embrace the triumphs, like when Mike Piazza’s post-9/11 home run lifted a devastated city, just as they endure the frustrations, caused by such culprits as Chipper Jones and Chase Utley. From the greatest left-handed pitchers to the worst trades to the best single-game hitting performances, author Brian Wright ranks the most unforgettable memories in the history of New York’s inimitable baseball franchise.

Next week, MetsRewind will run a two-part excerpt from Wright’s book focusing on the chapter, Opening Days. The Mets in 10s exclusive will publish numbers 6-10 on Friday, March 23 and the Top 5 Opening Day memories will run on the following Monday, March 26. You can follow Brian Wright on Twitter here and pre-order his new book here.

The 2018 Mets will open their season on Thursday, March 29 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field.