Yesterday, Randy Johnson became the 24th pitcher in big league history to win 300 games. He may also be the last. Johnson, a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer, beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 in the rain and in front of about 16 people.
With the win, Johnson cements his place as one of the greatest pitchers of all time.
Johnson currently owns the highest career strikeouts per 9 innings ratio in the history of baseball and he’s going leave with the second most strikeouts in history. He is truly an immense talent as well as an immense person. Standing at 6’10”, Johnson is also one of the tallest players in the history of baseball.
Johnson started his career with the Montreal Expos before being traded to the Seattle Mariners for Mark Langston. He would go on to win the bulk of his 300 games there over parts of 10 seasons. From there he was traded to the Houston Astros for the stretch run of the 1998 season. He went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA for the Astros that year.
After that 1998 season he began his first of two stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks. There he won four straight Cy Young awards, bringing his total to five. He was also a major part of the DBacks’ 2001 World Series title. From there he was traded to the Yankees where he won 34 games in two years in the Bronx, despite having an ERA of 5.00 for the first time in his career.
Johnson was traded back to the DBacks before the 2007 season and spent two additional season in the desert before signing with the San Francisco Giants prior to this year.
So the question to you commenters is this: What uniform will Randy Johnson don when he enters the Hall of Fame?
He won 130 games over 10 years in Seattle, he has a Cy Young with the Ms and was on the mound for arguably some of the most important games in Seattle history.
In Arizona, he won 118 games in 8 years. He had a string of four straight Cy Youngs and a World Series MVP. He also pitched a perfect game against the Braves during his time there.
So does he go where he had the most success or where he spent the majority of his career? Vote in the poll, leave a comment.
Congratulations to Randy Johnson on becoming one of the last 300 game winners that baseball will ever see.