Dave Johnson, Color Analyst
Former major league pitcher and Baltimore native Dave Johnson serves as co-host of the Orioles’ Radio Network pre- and post-game shows on WHFS-FM, as well as serving as a color analyst for MASN’s Orioles coverage.
Dave spent all or parts of five seasons in the majors, including three seasons with the Orioles, 1989-91. In his second week with the O’s, he earned American League “Player of the Week” honors with a pair of complete-game victories in early August. After helping the ‘89 “Why Not?” club stay in the pennant race to the final weekend of the season, Johnson led the 1990 Orioles with 13 wins and O’s starters with a 4.10 ERA, while finishing second on the staff in starts and innings pitched.
He went 21-24 with a 4.84 ERA and 7 complete games in 66 appearances for the Orioles.
After graduating from Overlea High School in eastern Baltimore County, Johnson drove a tractor-trailer for several years before enrolling at Baltimore Community College, leading the school to the 1982 Junior College World Series. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Pittsburgh in 1982 and made his big league debut with the Pirates in 1987. He finished his playing career in 1993 with Detroit after compiling a Major League record of 22-25.
His first experience in broadcasting came in 1996, when he served as color analyst for Home Team Sports’ production of the 16-to-18 year old Babe Ruth World Series. He also spent two years as a post-game analyst for Comcast SportsNet before joining the Orioles’ flagship stations last year.
Dave also currently serves as the co-host of The Tom Davis Show live on ESPN-1300 and MASN each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. He currently runs Dave Johnson’s Baseball Academy, providing baseball instruction to individuals and groups. He lives in Kingsville, MD with his wife, Tera. Their oldest son, Steve, is a pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organization, and their youngest, Daniel, is currently enrolled at the Sheffield Institute for the Recording Arts.