Randy Johnson To Announce Retirement

4:04pm: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the conference call has been moved up to tonight, and that The Big Unit will indeed announce his retirement.

2:47pm: According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today (via Twitter), it appears that Randy Johnson will announce his retirement tomorrow morning.  A bunch of other reporters are talking about tomorrow's poorly-timed conference call as well.

Johnson would finish with five Cy Young awards, 303 wins, 4,875 strikeouts, and a 3.29 ERA in 4,135.3 career innings.  Baseball-Reference puts his career earnings at $175.55MM.


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64 Comments on "Randy Johnson To Announce Retirement"


5 years 7 months ago

Great career but it’s time to go.

bomberj11
5 years 7 months ago

Agreed.

supersteve1492
5 years 7 months ago

Class Guy and a 300 game winner.

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

Well, hey…if he retires now he’s that much closer to his HOF induction!

101andCounting
5 years 7 months ago

Too bad, there’s a lot of clubs who still need a fifth starter. I could see him slotting in well with the Cubs, Mariners, Giants, Brewers, or Diamondbacks especially

AngelsFan718
5 years 7 months ago

Agreed. He should retire out as a Mariner. It’d do the team some justice.

pcain1027
5 years 7 months ago

why should he retire as a Mariner?

5 years 7 months ago

He made himself during his tenure as a Mariner.

icedrake523
5 years 7 months ago

He became a Hall of Famer with the D’backs though.

5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I guess that’s debatable.

pcain1027
5 years 7 months ago

Won the world series as a d back

Jiujitsu411420
5 years 7 months ago

Good choice Randy. You have had a great career, your hof bound, and really have nothing left to proove. Now go relax and try out for a new sport…bird hunting with 98mph fastballs.

andrewdavis82
5 years 7 months ago

I always hate to see the greats go but he had a great career 1st ballot hall of famer for sure. Him and Glavine will go in the same year I beleive. The two greatest lefties of our time in one shot.

AngelsFan718
5 years 7 months ago

2011, 2013 and 2015 will be some great years for baseball fans.

2011 sees Jeff Bagwell (hopefully), 2013 sees two of the greatest second basemen of our time (Craig Biggio and hopefully Jeff Kent) and 2015 gets the Big Unit and Glavine.

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

Guess we don’t get to see the greatest pitcher of our time make the HOF….Maddux?!?!?!

Michael Brown
5 years 7 months ago

Plus Glavine will be inducted in 2014 he didn’t play last year…minor leauge rehab doesn’t count…

5 years 7 months ago

Bagwell was a steriod guy. No way does he or Mark McGwire deserve to be in the HOF.

coachofall
5 years 7 months ago

Bagwell is NOT a HOF’er.

Mule
5 years 7 months ago

Bagwell is easily a Hall of Fame caliber player. His career was slightly shorter then most first ballot guys (only 15 season) but he was dominate in just about every one of them. His OPS+ never fell below 130 in his first 12 season and his career OPS is 23rd all time. He was an MVP, a Gold Glove winner, and a ROY, all things that baseball writers like to see on a resume. He might not get in first ballot since he doesn’t have any of the “magic” numbers–500 HR or 3000 Hits–but he does belong in the hall. As for the steroids, yes that might be a problem, but Bagwell wasn’t the poster boy for PEDs the way McGwire was. I don’t think the writers will block all of the steroid era from the Hall.

jdub220
5 years 7 months ago

I agree, it’s a good choice to retire.
I wonder if he’ll go into the hall as a Mariner or Dback.
My guess is as a Mariner, because he didn’t leave AZ on a particularly good note.
I really, really hope it’s as a Diamondback though.

5 years 7 months ago

How about as a Montreal Expo?

jdub220
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, what a great job he did with a whole 55 2/3 IP there.

5 years 7 months ago

They drafted him, that should account for something.

5 years 7 months ago

The only thing it accounts for is the mistake the Expos made by letting him go to another team before he was able to prove himself.

5 years 7 months ago

He’ll go in as a Dback. He has no choice in the matter, and he had most of his career accomplishments as a Dback

AngelsFan718
5 years 7 months ago

Remember, though, that while he may have no choice in the matter, he DOES get to have an input on who he would prefer to have on his cap, whether that be Seattle or Arizona (but for a funny twist, wouldn’t it be great if he had Montreal, Houston or San Francisco?). The Hall gets final say on who goes on his cap, but the Big Unit DOES have a say.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

hmm, wish he’d come back for one year and retire as a mariner. surprised he doesn’t even want to attempt 5000 strikeouts.

5 years 7 months ago

Hands down a HoF. Wish he would still pitch though, so he could get to 5000 K’s.

omegaman47
5 years 7 months ago

… but his mullet has announced a comeback.

5 years 7 months ago

nice

adamlarmie
5 years 7 months ago

why is this poorly timed?

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

Best pitcher that I’ve ever seen. In his prime I would put him against Pedro, Maddux or Clemens.

5 years 7 months ago

Let not disrespect Maddux and Pedro by including that other guy along side them. Let’s leave him with those “others guys” that are NOT getting in any HoF! Maybe Clemens will get in the HoF of old guys dating really cute young girls. Cant say she was hot as she was only 15 when they went on their first date.

Can’t be bothered to check for exact numbers, but didn’t Maddux have almost as many Wins as BB’s one season. I hated the Braves (still not a fan) but man could you appreciate that guy on the mound!

Imagine if the Expos kept both RJ and Pedro into their primes? WOW.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

No question about it Maddux and Pedro were both silly good. The problem with Maddux has always been that he’s hard to appreciate. You watch a game and think to yourself – why aren’t these guys hitting him? He’s always around in the zone, his speeds were relatively consistent, and he didn’t appear to have great movement. That said, he was a freak. People just couldn’t touch him. His control was outstanding (as you pointed out) as was his defense. Guy was even decent with the stick. Just a great all-around player.

Pedro in his heyday was very close to Johnson in terms of sheer dominance. I just think Johnson did it better at his peak and did it for much longer.

I’m not a huge Clemens fan, and doping up certainly doesn’t help. That said, there is no denying that he was amazingly good.

R_y_a_n
5 years 7 months ago

Not exactly a great guy (of course, only from what we hear as fans) but one of the greatest of all-time. Peace Randy.

willgoangels27
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah not the nicest guy, but he was a competitor. Unless you knew him he would turn his back to him, i have the luckiness to actually know him and find him not hating everyone… and if your wondering yes.. all his kids have mullets haha :)

5 years 7 months ago

Great left-hander. Greatest ever? He should go into the hall as a Diamondback imo, his greatest success was there if not his most years.

Yankees10
5 years 7 months ago

Should wait till Thursday so the players that get elected to the Hall can have their day.

coolstorybro222
5 years 7 months ago

uh no. as a Mariner. besides, he had like the perfect game with the D’backs. and then nothing else happened.

Yankees10
5 years 7 months ago

Uh Ok?

5 years 7 months ago

Randy Johnson retiring won’t take any of the spotlight away from anyone that gets in. If anything, it will take some of the attention away from him announcing his retirement. Jesus the media will try and make something out of any little thing

5 years 7 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! I’m going to miss seeing a man who was 6’5 and looked like he was 95 pounds who has a mullet and a biker mustache.

dodgerblueboys
5 years 7 months ago

Too bad, I was hoping he would go for 5,000 strikeouts with Seattle this year.

bucs_lose_again
5 years 7 months ago

Hats off to the greatest I’ve ever watched pitch. His 2001 line with Arizona was one of the filthiest seasons I’ve ever witnessed a pitcher have. 21-6 2.49 ERA 1.01 WHIP 372 Ks 13.4 SO/9 I can’t fathom being a batter in the NL West that year. I still think he’s got more left than some other guys out there, but if the guy wants to hang em up, I gotta respect that.