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Meet Todd Johnson

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About Me

Message from Todd Johnson

In the real world, I teach US History, Geography, and World History and I write about prospects in my spare time. I am also into photography and you will see those pics from time to time on this site. I live about 20 minutes SW of Rockford with my wife Anne and our four pups.

 

Recent Articles from Todd Johnson

MiLB Playoff Action – Smokies Capitalize on Pensacola Mistakes to Need One More Game to Win a Title!

MiLB Playoff Action – Smokies Capitalize on Pensacola Mistakes to Need One More Game to Win a Title!

Nelson Maldonado - Pic by Micah Manuel/Tennessee Smokies Heading into the first game of the Southern League Championship Series, I really liked the Smokies' chances with their potent offense. Rocket City was far and above the class of this league and the Smokies...

The Weekly – South Bend Wins a Title, Tennessee Advances, and Canario and Mervis Go Off!!!

The Weekly – South Bend Wins a Title, Tennessee Advances, and Canario and Mervis Go Off!!!

Alexander Canario - Picture by Dylan Heuer/Iowa Cubs This was about as exciting a week as we’ve seen in the system in a long time! The South Bend Cubs went out and won their second Midwest League title in three seasons. After losing the first game at home last Sunday,...

Draft Pick Profile – Ke’Shun Collier Brings Up the Echoes of Kenny Lofton, Juan Pierre, and the 1-Dog

Draft Pick Profile – Ke’Shun Collier Brings Up the Echoes of Kenny Lofton, Juan Pierre, and the 1-Dog

Picture of Ke'Shun Collier by Rich Biesterfeld Welcome to the final draft pick profile of the Chicago Cubs 2022 draft class. It’s been a fun 10 weeks trying to get all these done as I learned more about each of the players the Cubs selected in the draft. At the bottom...

MiLB Playoff Action – Harrison Wenson Did It All as Smokies Win It 3-1 to Go to the Championship!!!

MiLB Playoff Action – Harrison Wenson Did It All as Smokies Win It 3-1 to Go to the Championship!!!

Harrison Wenson - Picture by Todd Johnson I did not think about tonight's winner-take-all game much throughout today other than that I would be watching it. For the players, that was probably not the case. I didn’t even know who was going to be the starting pitcher...

MiLB Playoff Action – A Three-Run Shot from Strumpf Forces a Game Three for Tennessee

MiLB Playoff Action – A Three-Run Shot from Strumpf Forces a Game Three for Tennessee

Chase Strumpf - Picture by Micah Manuel/Tennessee Smokies Today was an extremely busy day for me. Between teaching seven periods of junior high students, coming home to mow the backyard, fixing supper for two humans and five dogs, and then having a North Side bound...

MiLB Playoff Action – South Bends Wins Second Title in Three Seasons!!!

MiLB Playoff Action – South Bends Wins Second Title in Three Seasons!!!

Owen Caissie - Picture by Todd Johnson The South Bend Cubs won their second title in the last three seasons tonight with a 7-4 victory over Lake County!!! The young Cubs hit three home runs that plated all seven runs. Owen Caissie hit a three-run dinger in the third...

Who Could Be 2023’s Matt Mervis? Lots of Guys Who Could Breakout in a Big Way

Who Could Be 2023’s Matt Mervis? Lots of Guys Who Could Breakout in a Big Way

Ethan Hearn - Picture by Stephanie Lynn It would be ridiculous to think that someone could replicate the season that Matt Mervis put up in 2022. It would be awfully hard to come out of nowhere, more or less, and hit 30+ home runs and drive in almost 110 runs. In 2021,...

MiLB Playoff Action – South Bend Forces a Finale Tomorrow and Tennessee Played Catch Up All Night but Fell Short

MiLB Playoff Action – South Bend Forces a Finale Tomorrow and Tennessee Played Catch Up All Night but Fell Short

Pete Crow-Armstrong - Picture by Todd Johnson When tonight began, it did not start well for the Tennessee Smokies as Rocket City showed why they have one of the best teams in the minor leagues they jumped out to a three run lead after two innings. By the time Riley...