LHP Randy Johnson is likely to announce his retirement from baseball this Wednesday according to reports.
Johnson’s sick pitching which included sound barrier breaking speed, and George Sanford type junk saw many storied battles with a multitude of team and individual successes.
Johnson came to prominence with the Seattle Mariners after a stint with the Montreal Expos. He has played with six teams, including two separate enlistments with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he won a World Series ring in 2001.
When you see Johnson’s career accomplishments it’s like a player you’d build in a video game (sans mullet probably):
- Five time Cy Young Winner, receiving the award pitching in both leagues.
- Ten time All Star
- World Series Champ and co-MVP in 2001
- Pitched a no hitter (1990)
- Pitched a perfect game (2004, the oldest at 40 to ever do so)
- One of 4 pitchers ever to 4,000 strikeouts
- 24th pitcher in MLB history to win 300 games
- First in 300 Win Club to ever beat every team in the MLB.
All those are amazing feats, but the Big Unit will always be remembered for helping with bird control while pitching in a preaseason exhibition.
Tip of the cap Unit!
Stat Source: Wikipedia