DiamondDawgs to have HoJo for their HOF dinner

By Sports WKTV

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. - The Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs are pleased to announce that former New York Mets star and current Mets hitting Coach Howard Johnson will be their guest and the featured speaker at this January’s Hall of Fame Dinner Banquet to be held at the Knights Inn in Little Falls on Friday, January 22nd. Doors will open at 5:30 P.M. with HOJO available for autographs with dinner to follow.

Tickets for this great night of hot stove baseball are available for $35 each for adults, $25 for children under 12 or $250 for a table of eight and can be purchased by contacting the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs at 315-985-0692 or emailing The evening is highlighted by the Mohawk Valley Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Inductees will be announced next week.A fantastic silent auction is part of the evening’s festivities featuring valuable gifts donated by local merchants and supporters.  This year’s banquet has partnered with Reality Check of Central New York who will have an informational table at the event.

Special guest and keynote speaker Howard Johnson will be entering his third season as the hitting coach for the New York Mets. HOJO enjoyed a stellar Major League career that spanned 14 seasons. Drafted by the Detroit Tigers, he broke into the big leagues with Detroit in 1982 and was a member of their 1984 World Championship team. He was traded to the Mets prior to the 1986 season and was a member of the 1986 World Series Championship team. In 1987 he began a six year run that has etched his name into the Mets all-time record books. HOJO has played more games at 3B than any other Met (835) and is 5th on the all-time games played list at 1154. His 192 home runs are third in franchise history, as are his 629 RBI’s and 202 stolen bases. He ranks second in runs scored (627), doubles (214), and extra base hits (424).

In 1987 he became the third player in Major League history to go 30-30, when he hit 36 home runs to go along with 32 stolen bases. He accomplished this feat two more times over the next 4 seasons. In 1989 he hit 36 home runs while stealing 41 bases and in 1991 his 38 home runs led the National League while he was swiping 30 bases. He also led the NL in RBI’s in ’91 with 117. He was a member of the National League All Star team in both 1989 and 1991. The switch hitting HOJO also played for the Rockies and the Cubs, retiring as a player after the 1996 season.

He has been employed by the Mets since 1997 as a scout, minor league coach and manager, and now as their hitting coach in the major leagues. In the off –season, he resides in Florida with wife, Kim and his three children. His son Glen is a standout college baseball player for Jacksonville University.

Tickets are on sale now and with limited seating available the event is sure to host an overflow crowd. Call 315-985-0692 or email now ( to make sure that you will be a part of the excitement.

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