He's also an editor's dream, because he works fast and usually takes care of his business in the ninth quite quickly. (I know you folks don't care, but that's always a plus when we're pushing to make deadlines around here.)
Because he isn't the prototypical fiery, quirky, flame-throwing closer, Johnson will never become a major national star, but let's put his season in perspective with the all-time greats.
With four more saves in the final 12 games, which is certainly achievable, he'd move into a tie for 11th on the all-time list of single-season saves leaders with a guy named Mariano Rivera (50 saves in 2001).
Here's the list of the closers who have reached 50, just to give you a sense of the company Johnson would keep if he hits that milestone:
1. Francisco Rodriguez 62 2008 2. Bobby Thigpen 57 1990 3. Eric Gagne 55 2003 John Smoltz 55 2002 5. Trevor Hoffman 53 1998 Randy Myers 53 1993 Mariano Rivera 53 2004 8. Eric Gagne 52 2002 9. Rod Beck 51 1998 Dennis Eckersley 51 1992 11. Mariano Rivera 50 2001