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MLB.com is reporting that 300 game winner Randy Johnson will announce his retirement from baseball later tonight.
The tall lefty won 5 Cy Young Awards during his 22 year career along with winning 303 games and lost just 166 with 6 different teams. In addition to being named to 10 all star teams, Johnson was named co-MVP of the 2001 World Series with Curt Schilling as a member of the World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks. The no-doubt first ballot Hall of Famer also won the Pitcher’s Triple Crown in 2002 with the lowest ERA, most victories and most strikeouts in all of Major League Baseball.
Only Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan has more career strikeouts than Randy Johnson, and nobody in the history of baseball has a better strikeout-per-9-innings ratio. The ‘Big Unit’ also retires as the active leader in complete games at 100, as well as the active leader in career shutouts. Known to be a bit wild(especially in his early years), he retires as the active leader in hit batsmen with 190. Boston’s Tim Wakefield assumes the new title as active leader in that category with 173.
Some unfortunate claims to fame for the Big Unit include pushing a cameraman while with the New York Yankees and killing a bird in flight during a Spring Training game in 2001.
Randy Johnson pitched a perfect game on May 18th, 2004 and became just the 17th player to throw a no-hitter in both leagues. On June 4th, 2009, he earned his 300th win against the Washington Nationals. Almost 24 years ago to the date, the Nationals had drafted him when they were known as the Montreal Expos in 1985.
Since Hall of Famer Jim Rice’s enshrinement in Cooperstown, the term ‘feared’ has become commonplace among discussing retired players. When Randy Johnson is thrown into the mix, it’s clear that he was among the most feared. When sluggers beg out of lineups against the ‘Big Unit’ because facing the 6’10 lefty might ruin their rhythym, that’s the definition of fear. While baseball fans will miss watching Randy Johnson dominate the diamond, ballplayers throughout baseball are quietly rejoicing!