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25-year Marliniversary: Charles Johnson wins second straight Gold Glove

At just 25 years old, Johnson took home the honor for the NL’s top defensive catcher...again.

Florida Marlins catcher Charles Johnson (R) tags o Photo credit should read RHONA WISE/AFP via Getty Images

Throughout nearly three decades as a Major League Baseball franchise, only eight members of the Florida/Miami Marlins have won a Gold Glove. Only two have won multiple Gold Gloves.

The first two-time winner was recognized on this day 25 years ago. Catcher Charles Johnson won his second straight Gold Glove.

It was Oct. 9, 1996 when the National League Gold Glove winners were announced. At just 25 years old, Johnson took home the honor for the second straight season.

After playing in four games in 1994, Johnson won the award in each of his first two full seasons in the big leagues. In 1996, Johnson played in 120 games, batting .218 with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs.

Behind the plate, Johnson was nearly flawless. In 997 innings caught, Johnson committed just four errors and caught 48% of those who tried to steal against him. Johnson ranked in the top five in baseball in fielding percentage and caught stealing rate and led the league in double plays turned as a catcher.

Johnson would go on to win the Gold Glove for a third straight year in 1997 while boasting a perfect fielding percentage. The first draft pick ever by the Florida Marlins, Johnson would set an MLB record for a catcher for the most consecutive games without committing an error.

For the first 10 years of the franchise, Johnson was the only member of the Marlins to win a Gold Glove. Luis Castillo and Derrek Lee joined him in 2003.

Castillo, a second baseman, would tie Johnson’s club record with three straight Gold Gloves from 2003 to 2005. They remain the only two Marlins to win multiple Gold Gloves. Johnson became the first to accomplish the feat on this day a quarter-century ago.