A catching-prospect-turned-second basemen and three starting pitchers who were traded early on in their careers finally entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY on Sunday.
Long Island Native Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez and former Yankees starting pitcher Randy Johnson all took to the podium with at least 40,000 fans in attendance to witness one of the greatest Hall of Fame Classes of all time.
Randy Johnson, known to many as the ‘Big Unit,’ won four consecutive Cy Young awards with the Arizona Diamondbacks, leading them to the World Series championship in 2001 against our beloved New York Yankees. He finished his career with 303 victories and a .646 win percentange in 22 seasons, playing with the Mariners from 1989-1998, The Houston Astros from 1998-1999, The Arizona Diamondbacks from 1999-2004, our very own New York Yankees from 2004-2006, and eventually going on to finish his career with two more seasons with the Astros (2007-2008) and one final run with the San Francisco Giants in 2009, where he retired at the end of the season.
In two years with the Yankees, Randy Johnson went a combined 34-19, posting 383 strikeouts and a 4.37 ERA.
“It wasn’t the exciting Randy that people had witnessed against the Yankees, maybe, or in my Seattle days or 2001,” Johnson told Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com,”But I still gave everything that I had.”
Johnson also went on to say that he chose the Yankees over other destinations.
“I wanted to be thrown into that fire,” he said. “And I did. I had no remorse coming here [New York]. I enjoyed every moment of it. I know it might be hard for people to believe that. I enjoyed the history of the game. I never imagined doing any of the things that I did.”
When all was said and done, the ‘Big-Unit’ was decorated as a 10-time All-Star, a 5-time Cy-Young Award Winner, a 9-time strikeout champion, and a World Series Champion. He also pitched a no-hitter on June 2, 1990 and the 17th Perfect Game in baseball history on May 18th, 2oo4.
Congrats to Randy Johnson on an incredible career.
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