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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 – 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...

Draft Pick Profile – Cubs Playing the Long Game with Pitcher Garrett Brown

Draft Pick Profile – Cubs Playing the Long Game with Pitcher Garrett Brown

Garrett Brown - Pic via University of Georgia Baseball When the Cubs selected pitcher Garrett Brown from the University of Georgia in the 18th round of the 2022 draft, I thought it was pretty cool that the Cubs took two guys from the same bullpen. Little did I know...

The Breakdown – A Smokies Playoff Preview and Some Predictions

The Breakdown – A Smokies Playoff Preview and Some Predictions

The Cubs minor league baseball season has just nine days left. It will end on Wednesday September 28 and this looks like it’s going to be the final Breakdown post of the year. Today’s post, though, is all about the Tennessee Smokies playoff preview. The Smokies got...

MiLB Playoff Action – South Bend Opens the Championship Series with a Tough Loss

MiLB Playoff Action – South Bend Opens the Championship Series with a Tough Loss

Kevin Made - Picture by Todd Johnson When South Bend began their game at 5 P.M. central, I was knee-deep in infographics for a couple of my classes this week. Needless to say, I needed the distraction of baseball. I was surprised to see that Kohl Franklin was given...