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Former Royals Draft Pick Ron Johnson Now Managing In Orioles Minor League System

Ron Johnson, the former part-time first baseman for the Kansas City Royals back in the early '80s, was just announced as the new AAA manager for the Baltimore Orioles. And if you even remotely remember Johnson, who was drafted by the Royals in '78, then that should qualify you for some fan award somewhere. From the Orioles' announcement:

"Johnson, 55, was the manager of Triple-A Pawtucket, the Red Sox top affiliate, from 2005 to 2009 and led the PawSox to a playoff berth in 2008. He first joined the Boston organization as a minor-league manager in 2000 – while new Orioles’ executive vice president Dan Duquette was GM of the Red Sox.

"Johnson has spent much of his career in the Kansas City Royals organization, which drafted him in 1978. He played parts of three seasons in the big leagues primarily as a first baseman with the Royals and Montreal Expos. He then coached and managed in the Royals’ minor league system before heading to the Red Sox organization."