Randy Johnson is calling it a career. The 6-foot-10 flamethrower nicknamed “The Big Unit” has thrown his final pitch. He finishes his career with 303 wins, an ERA of 3.29 and the second most strikeouts in baseball history (4,875).
Said Johnson: “I really wanted to go out on my terms. I just feel like there’s not a lot more for me to do in this game.”
Always a guy who kept to himself, history is going to be very kind to Johnson. The lefty will be remembered as one of the most feared pitchers in history. He also won a World Series with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will soon find himself in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Johnson’s best season was probably in 2001 with the World Series winning Diamondbacks. He went 21-6 with a 2.49 ERA and a career-high 372 strikeouts. In the playoffs that year he was 5-1 with a 1.52 ERA. He also won one of his four Cy Young Awards and was named World Series MVP.
“I never thought I was going to play this long. I’m blessed that I did,” said the 46-year-old.