When Nick Johnson signed with the Yanks this past off season, much was made about his keen batting eye and his robust .424 On-Base% from last year. Much was also made about the fact that he’s always hurt, and how much time he’s missed since becoming a MLB ‘regular’. Just to have a little fun, I wanted to calculate a new stat for Nick called ‘On-DL%’ which will compare how many games he was available to play in, and how many he actually did by dividing his number of games played by the total played by his team. This won’t be precise, it may include days off that all starting players will get, but we’ll just assume something was hurting Nick those days. I will include his minor league games in 2001 and 2002, since that was the beginning of his MLB career. But I’m not including minor league rehab games after that, because he was still lost to his MLB club at that time. Here goes:
Total Games played by Johnson 2001-2010-907
Total Games played by MLB club-1492
Amazingly enough, his .392 On-DL% is almost identical to his career .401 OBP, displaying remarkable consistency across every facet of his game. Perhaps by year’s end he can get both to line up perfectly. He’s well on his way.