Randy Johnson Retires

Lefty pitcher calls it a day after reaching 300 wins
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 6, 2010 3:19 AM CST
Randy Johnson Retires
Randy Johnson acknowledges a standing ovation from the crowd after striking out Vinny Castilla to take third place on the all-time strikeout list, Sept. 15, 2004.    (PAUL CONNORS)

After 22 major league seasons, The Big Unit is walking away from baseball, ending one of the greatest pitching careers in baseball history. The 6-foot-10 Johnson announced his retirement on a conference call late yesterday, a decision that had been expected from the overpowering left-hander who reached 300 wins last June. "I really wanted to go out on my terms," Johnson said. "I just feel like there's not a lot more for me to do in this game."

A five-time Cy Young Award winner, the 46-year-old Johnson accomplished just about everything in his remarkable career that a player hopes for in baseball. He owns a World Series ring and co-MVP honors, and was a 10-time All-Star. He threw two no-hitters, including a perfect game, and ranks second on the career strikeout list. "It's all been a bit of a whirlwind," Johnson said. "I never really dwelled on my achievements. They're nice. Maybe now I'll be able to reflect on them." (More Randy Johnson stories.)

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