Father and Son, Ron and Chris Johnson, Spend Summer Together at Norfolk

Ron Johnson just completed his 23rd season as a minor-league manager, and he says this season was one of the best he’s ever had.  In his fifth season as the Norfolk Tides manager in the Baltimore Orioles organization, he had the rare distinction of having his son Chris as a member of his team.

Chris was injured part of the season at Norfolk, but managed to hit .292 with 11 home runs and 37 RBI.  He has previously played eight major-league seasons with five different clubs, last appearing with Miami in 2016.  The infielder is a career .275 hitter, with 63 home runs and 339 RBI in the big-leagues.

Because he has been a career baseball player, manager and coach, Ron had never spent an entire summer with Chris, like he did this summer.

Ron played briefly in the majors from 1982 to 1984 in the Royals and Expos organizations.

To read more about Ron and Chris Johnson, follow the link below from The Virginian-Pilot:

https://pilotonline.com/sports/baseball/norfolk-tides/for-tides-skipper-it-was-the-rarest-of-seasons/article_a40034ee-a091-51d3-98fc-b55bcc988bc4.html

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Chris Johnson Relishes Baseball Relationship with His Father

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson grew up around the game, since his father Ron spent 30 years as professional manager and coach following his playing career, which included a major league baseball from 1982-1984.

As a child, Chris was separated from his father much of the time due to a divorce situation, but occasionally spent art of his summers growing up at ballparks in whatever city his father was managing or coaching. A special bond between the father and son developed around baseball, which continues today, even though they rarely cross paths on the field.

See the related story about Chris and Ron Johnson at the link below from atlanta.braves.com:
http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com/news/article/atl/despite-time-apart-atlanta-braves-chris-johnson-and-father-ron-johnson-bond-over-baseball?ymd=20140612&content_id=79437390&vkey=news_atl