Beat the Shift Podcast – Episode w/ Howard Johnson (HoJo)

The latest episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Howard Johnson (HoJo), Former Major League All-Star & 2x World Series Champion


  • Life after baseball
  • Breakthrough moment of career
  • Being on-deck during the infamous Mookie Wilson at-bat of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series
  • Ariel’s father asks HoJo a question – Playing different positions
  • Analytics in the 1980s
  • Analytics during the coaching days
  • Davey Johnson / Sparky Anderson as coaches
  • HoJo’s closest teamate friends today
  • Comeback at age 50 with the Rockland Boulders
  • Grandson Tanner Johnson’s accident
  • The 30/30 club
  • The Dave Bergman HR game in 1984
  • HoJo is 20 in Hebrew!
  • Switching uniform number briefly to 44
  • Pete Alonso HR Derby winner
  • Participating in 2 homerun derbys
  • Beating out Barry Bonds & Will Clark for the HR & RBI title in 1991


Please help Tanner Johnson with his medical bills

Tanner Johnson was in a tragic lawnmower accident. He was run over and lost all 5 of his toes and part of his left foot. Tanner has the sweetest spirit and is such a happy little boy. His favorite thing to do was play baseball just like his dad and grandpa did. Please help this sweet family and their baby boy with the medical bills as he will need multiple surgeries, plastic surgery and intensive care at the hospital over the next few months and future surgeries as he grows. It is going to be a long and difficult process for this family. They are not prepared for this huge financial burden this will cause. Please pray for this family and share this post. The family is so beyond grateful for your prayers and needed support.

Link: Tanner’s Go Fund Me Page


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Ariel is the 2019 FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year. Ariel is also the winner of the 2020 FSWA Baseball Article of the Year award. He is the creator of the ATC (Average Total Cost) Projection System. Ariel was ranked by FantasyPros as the #1 fantasy baseball expert in 2019. His ATC Projections were ranked as the #1 most accurate projection system over the past three years (2019-2021). Ariel also writes for CBS Sports, SportsLine, RotoBaller, and is the host of the Beat the Shift Podcast (@Beat_Shift_Pod). Ariel is a member of the inaugural Tout Wars Draft & Hold league, a member of the inaugural Mixed LABR Auction league and plays high stakes contests in the NFBC. Ariel is the 2020 Tout Wars Head to Head League Champion. Ariel Cohen is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the Society of Actuaries (SOA). He is a Vice President of Risk Management for a large international insurance and reinsurance company. Follow Ariel on Twitter at @ATCNY.

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