clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UnforMETable, Episode 88: Lance Johnson

The speedy center fielder had a record setting season for the Mets in 1996.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure Mets players from the past.

Lance Johnson was a solid center fielder for the White Sox for a number of seasons, ranking among the American League leaders in stolen bases many seasons, and leading the league in triples for four straight seasons.

The Mets signed Johnson as a free agent prior to the 1996 season, hoping to add that stability to center field and to the leadoff spot in their order. Johnson went on to deliver one of the finest seasons in team history, setting franchise records for hits and triples in a season that still stand, on his way to his one and only All Star season.

As always, you can listen or subscribe to this and all of our wonderful Amazin’ Avenue Audio podcasts through Apple Podcasts, where we encourage you to leave a review if you enjoy the show. It really helps! And you can find us on the Stitcher app, or listen wherever you get podcasts.

If you’ve got an idea for a player to be featured on UnforMETable, let us know in the comments.

Make sure to follow Rob on Twitter (@WolffRR), and you can now follow the show, too (@unformetable). Tune in next week for another tale from the Mets’ past.