Big Unit Walks Away

5 January 2010

On the eve of the 2010 Hall of Fame class announcement,the Big Unit made big news of his own.

After dominating hitters for 22 seasons, Randy Johnson has retired. After becoming a member of the 300-win club, this was to be expected. Randy was easily one of the best pitchers of his era, and one of the finest lefties in baseball history.

He won 303 games, struck out 4875 batters, three a pair of no-hitters  and won five Cy Young Awards. The list of accolades is a mile long.

Whoever gets named to the Hall of Fame tomorrow will welcome Randy as a first ballot Hall of Famer in a few years.

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As if Randy Johnson needed any more ammunition to support his case for the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Well, he got another notch on his belt tonight as he became the 24th pitcher in Major League history to join the 300 Win Club.  Ironically, the last member of the club (Tom Glavine) was released yesterday by the Atlanta Braves.

Just how good was Randy?  Let’s take a look at the numbers.

300-164 Record
.647 Winning Percentage
3.28 ERA
4845 Strikeouts
100 Complete Games
37 Shutouts
Three 20+ Win Seasons
Fourteen 200+ Strikeout Seasons
Six 300+ Strikeout Seasons
4097-1/3 IP
597 Starts
5 Cy Young Awards
10 All-Star Appearances

Hall of Fame Yardsticks

Black Ink Pitching – 96 (7), Average HOFer ≈ 40
Gray Ink Pitching – 277 (16), Average HOFer ≈ 185
Hall of Fame Monitor Pitching – 320 (4), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame Standards Pitching – 64 (13), Average HOFer ≈ 50

As long as Randy Johnson’s name doesn’t come up in steroid talk, he is a first ballot Hall of Famer.  He is one of the best Lefthanded Pitchers in baseball history.

Here’s the list of 300 Game Winners:

Rank Player (age) Wins Throws
1. Cy Young+  511 R
2. Walter Johnson+  417 R
3. Pete Alexander+  373 R
  Christy Mathewson+  373 R
5. Pud Galvin+  364 R
6. Warren Spahn+  363 L
7. Kid Nichols+  361 R
8. Greg Maddux  355 R
9. Roger Clemens  354 R
10. Tim Keefe+  342 R
11. Steve Carlton+  329 L
12. John Clarkson+  328 R
13. Eddie Plank+  326 L
14. Nolan Ryan+  324 R
  Don Sutton+  324 R
16. Phil Niekro+  318 R
17. Gaylord Perry+  314 R
18. Tom Seaver+  311 R
19. Charley Radbourn+  309 R
20. Mickey Welch+  307 R
21. Tom Glavine (43) 305 L
22. Lefty Grove+  300 L
  Early Wynn+  300 R
24. Randy Johnson (45) 300 L

Congratulations Randy.  Cooperstown awaits.

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Hitters
Fred McGriff – 4 for 5, Double, RBI
Bret Boone – 4 for 5, Double
Alex Rodriguez – 3 for 5, 3 Runs, Double, RBI, Walk, SB
Kenny Lofton – 3 for 3, Run, Walk
Shannon Stewart – 3 for 5, Run, 2 RBIs
Damien Easley – 3 for 4, Run, Double, HR, RBI
Paul O’Neill – 3 for 4, Double, Triple
Tom Goodwin – 3 for 5, Run, RBI, SB
Royce Clayton -3 for 3, Run, RBI
Matt Mieske – 3 for6, 3 Runs, HR, 4 RBIs
Travis Lee – 3 for 4, Run, HR, 2 RBIs
Jose Hernandez – 3 for 4, Run, RBI
Richard Hildago – 3 for 5, 3 Doubles
Mike Piazza – 3 for 5, Run, Double, HR, 3 RBIs
J.T. Snow – 3 for 4, 2 Runs, Double, HR, 3 RBIs
Jeff Kent – 3 for 4, 2 Runs, Double, HR, 3 RBIs
Stan Javier – 3 for 5, Run, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs, Walk
Scott Servais – 3 for 5, 2 Runs, Double, 2 RBIs
Darren Bragg – 3 for 4
Ken Griffey, Jr. – 2 for 4, Run, HR, 3 RBIs, Walk
Brian McRae – 2 for 3, Run, HR, 3 RBIs
Preston Wilson – 2 for 4, 2 Runs, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs
Mike Stanley – 2 for 4, Run, HR, 3 RBIs
Bill Mueller – 2 for 5, 3 Runs, HR, 4 RBIs, Walk
Butch Huskey – 2 for 5, 2 Runs, HR, 3 RBIs
Garrett Anderson – 2 for 4, 2 Runs, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs

Pitchers
Randy Johnson – W, GG, Shutout, 9 IP, 0 Runs, 6 Hits, 12 Ks
Omar Olivares – W, 8 IP, 1 Run 
Steve Parris – W, 7 IP, 1 Run, 5 Hits, 9 Ks
Charles Nagy – W, 7 IP, 1 Run, 5 Hits
Brian Rose – W, 6 IP, 1 Run, 3 Hits
Chris Brock – W, 6 IP, 1 Run, 4 Hits
Mike Oquist – W, 6-2/3 IP, 2 Runs, 2 Hits
Masato Yoshii – W, 6-2/3 IP, 2 Runs, 6 Ks
Brian Meadows – W, 6 IP, 2 Runs
Darryl Kile – ND, 7 IP, 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 5 Ks
Greg Maddux – ND, 7 IP, 6 Ks
Mike Hampton – ND, 9 IP, 1 Run, 5 Hits, 6 Ks
Dustin Hermanson – ND, 7 IP, 2 Runs, 8 Ks
Chad Ogea – ND, 6 IP, 2 Runs
Jim Abbot – ND, 6-2/3 IP, 2 Runs
Kevin Brown – CG, 8 IP, 1 Earned Run, 12 Ks

Once again Ryan Zimmerman did not waste any time taking care of his hitting streak.  He extended it to 29 games with a first inning Single.  He is 1 for 2 in the game and is currently hitting .348.

If Randy Johnson can hold on to his 3-2 lead he’s in line to win his 298th career game.

Wednesday, August 27th
Dustin Pedroia
went 3 for 5 with 3 Runs, and a Grand Slam.  Carlos Delgado continued his torrid hitting going 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2  HRs, and 3 RBI.  Jason Bay had 4 RBI.  Rajai Davis went 4 for 5 with 2 Runs.  Kelly Shoppach (3 RBI), Aubrey Huff (3 RBI), Curtis Granderson (3 Runs), Andre Ethier, James Loney, Jody Gerut, Shin-Soo Choo, Melvin Mora, Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, Lance Berkman, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Ludwick, Frank Thomas, Mark Teixeira, and Chris Iannetta each had 3 Hits.  Dan Uggla scored 3 Runs.  Brian Roberts, Emil Brown, Erick Aybar, and Magglio Ordonez each had 3 RBI.

Josh Johnson pitched a Complete Game allowing 1 Run on 4  Hits with 8 Ks to improve to 4-0 with a 3.12 ERA.  Matt Garza gave up 6 Hits in 7-2/3 scoreless Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 11-7 with a 3.53 ERA.  Jason Marquis went 7 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits to improve to 9-7.  Tim Lincecum gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits with 10 Ks to improve to 15-3 with a 2.43 ERA.  Could the Cy Young winners be from teams that finish 3rd and 4th in their divisions?  Roy Oswalt gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits to improve to 12-9.  Matt Harrison gave up 1 Earned Run in 6-2/3 Innings to improve to 6-3.  Paul Byrd gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 9-11.  Randy Johnson gave up 3 Runs on 5 Hits in 7 Innings with 9 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Manny Parra gave up 1 Run in 6 Innings with 7 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Zach Duke gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings with 6 Ks, but lost.  David Purcey gave up 1 Run on 5 Hits with 11 Ks, but lost.  Josh Fogg gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but lost.  Brian Bannister gave up 2 Earned Runs in 6-2/3 Innings with 8 Ks, but lost.  Livan Hernandez gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings, but lost.

Wednesday, August 6th
Johnny Peralta
went 5 for 5 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, a HR, and 2 RBI.  Albert Pujols went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, a Double, a Grand Slam, and 4 RBI.  Mark DeRosa went 2 for 3 with a Run, a Double, a Grand Slam, and 5 RBI.  Denard Span went 3 for 5 with a Triple, 4 RBI, and a SB.  Richie Weeks and Randy Wynn each had 4 Hits.  Vladimir Guerrero had 4 RBI.  Mike Cameron, Jason Bartlett, Ty Wiggington, Garrett Anderson, Brian McCann, Dan Murphy, Billy Butler, Casey Blake, Ryan Ludwick, and Jacoby Ellsbury (3 RBI) each had 3 Hits.  Jay Bruce, Carlos Pena, Cliff Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Nick Markakis, Aaron Rowand, Jim Thome, and Rod Barajas each had 3 RBI.  Ben Zobrist and Mark Teixeira each scored 3 Runs.

Jeff Karstens nearly had a Perfect Game.  He settled for a Complete Game two-hit Shutout to improve to 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA.  Tim Lincecum gave up 2 Runs on 5 Hits in 8 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 12-3 with a 2.68 ERA.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 4 Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 10-5.  Shaun Marcum gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7 Innings with 7 Ks to improve to 6-5 with a 3.44 ERA.  Cha Seung Baek gave up 2 Runs in 6-1/3 Innings to improve to 4-5.  John Danks gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6-2/3 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-4 with a 3.21 ERA.  Tim Wakefield gave up 1 Earned Run on 4 Hits with 6 Ks in 6 Innings to improve to 7-8 with a 3.67 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Runs in 7-1/3 Innings with 7 Ks, but lost.  Pedro Martinez gave up 2 Earned Runs on 4 Hits in 6-1/3 Innings, but lost.

Friday, August 1st
Ryan Ludwick
went 4 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 2 RBI.  David Murphy went 3 for 5 with a Double and 4 RBI.  Mark Loretta hit a Grand Slam.  Jack Wilson, Kevin Youkilis, Brad Hawpe, and Nick Markakis each had 3 Hits.  Scott Rolen and Jay Payton each had 3 RBI.

Ervin Santana gave up 5 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 12-5 with a 3.37 ERA.  Ubaldo Jimenez gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 8-9 with a 3.61 ERA.  Jeff Karstens tossed 6 scoreless Innings allowing 5 Hits in his first start of the year.  Jeff Suppan gave up 5 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 6-7.  Odalis Perez gave up 1 Run on 3 Hits in 7-1/3 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 4-8.  Javier Vazquez gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 8-9. Nick Blackburn gave up 1 Run in 7 Innings to improve to 8-6 with a 3.56 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 1 unearned Run in 6 Innings with 6 Ks to improve to 9-7.  Tim Wakefield (6-1/3 scoreless Innings), Sidney Ponson (7 two-hit scoreless Innings), Tim Lincecum (7 Innings, 1 Run, 3 Hits, 11 Ks), Josh Banks (7 Innings, 1 Earned Run), Clayton Kershaw (6 four-hit scoreless Innings), and Justin Duchscherer (6 Innings, 1 Run) got no-decisions.

Sunday, July 27th
MIke Jacobs
went 3 for 4 with 2 Runs, 2 HRs, and 5 RBI.  Geoff Blum hit a couple of HRs and had 4 RBI.  Ivan Rodriguez and Brad Ausmus went 4 for 4.  Fred Lewis also had 4 Hits.  Billy Butler and Shane Victorino each had 4 RBI.  Raul Ibanez, David Wright, Fernando Tatis, Scott Podsednik(2 SBs), Jeff Baker (3 Runs), Guillermo Quiroz (3 RBI), Ryan Braun, Alfonso Soriano (3 RBI), Gerald Laird, Kurt Suzuki (3 RBI), Mark Kotsay, Conor Jackson (3 Runs), David Ortiz, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Stephen Drew each had 3 Hits.  Garrett Atkins, Hank Blaylock, Martin Prado, Manny Ramirez, and Miguel Tejada each had 3 RBI.  Dan Uggla scored 3 Runs.

Johan Santana tossed a Complete Game giving up 1 Run on 6 Hits with 5 Ks to improve to 9-7 with a 2.93 ERA.  Jarrod Washburn gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 8 Innings to improve to 5-9.  Nick Blackburn (7 Innings, 1 Run, 4 Hits) and Jeremy Sowers (8 Innings, 2 Runs, 3 Hits go no-decisions.  Zach Miner gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings with 5 Ks to improve to 5-3 with a 3.65 ERA.  Ubalod Jimenez tossed 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-9 with a 3.80 ERA.  Garrett Olson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 7-5.  Jake Peavy gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks to improve to 8-6 with a 2.67 ERA.  Paul Maholm gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 9 Ks, but got a no-decision.  Clayton Kershaw tossed 6 scoreless Innings allowing 4 Hits while striking out 5 for his first career Win.  Randy Johnson tossed 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 8-7.  It was his 292nd Win.  Jon Lester gave up 2 Runs in 7 Innings with 8 Ks to improve to 9-3 with a 3.17 ERA.

Monday, July 21st
Miguel Cabrera
went 5 for 6 with 2 Runs, 2 Doubles, and 6 RBI.  Matt Joyce went 4 for 6 with 3 Runs, a Triple, a HR, and 5 RBI.   James Loney went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, a Triple, and 5 RBI.  Troy Tulowitzki went 5 for 5.  J.J. Hardy and Jason Bay each had 4 Hits.  Curtis Granderson went 3 for 5 with 4 Runs.  Carlos Guillen went 3 for 4 with 5 Runs, 2 RBI, and 2 Walks.  Freddy Sanchez went 3 for 6 with 2 Runs, a HR, and 4 RBI.  Bill Hall, Jason Kendall, Alexi Casilla, Denard Span, Jose Molina, Edgar Gonzalez, Nate McLouth, Xavier  Nady, Kazuo Matsui, Russell Martin (3 Runs), Jeff Kent (3 Runs), Matt Holliday (3 RBI), Brad Hawpe (3 RBI), Ian Stewart, Manny Ramirez, and Howie Kendrick each had 3 Hits.  Richie Weeks, A-Rod, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Josh Hamilton, and Gary Sheffield each had 3 RBI.

Scott Kazmir gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings with 9 Ks to improve to 8-5 with a 2.80 ERA.  Jorge Campillo gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Inningswith 6 Ks to improve to 5-4 with a 2.83 ERA.  Randy Johnson also gave up 2 Hits in 7 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-7.  Rich Harden gave up 1 Run on 1 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks, but took the Loss.  Jon Lester struck out 6 in 7-1/3 scoreless Innings to improve to 8-3 with a 3.20 ERA.  Scott Feldman gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 6 Innings to improve to 4-3.  Javier Vazquez gave up 3 Runs on 4 Hits in 7 Innings with 10 Ks, but took the Loss.  Zach Miner gave up 3  Hits in 6 scoreless Innings to improve to 4-3 with a 3.73 ERA.

Wednesday, June 25th
Carl Crawford
hit a pair of HRs with 5 RBI.  Bobby Abreu had 3 Hits and 4 RBI.  Carlos Guillen had 4 Hits and 3 RBI.  Jay Payton hit a pair of HRs with 4 RBI.  David Wright smacked a pair of HRs with 3 RBI.  Rick Ankiel had 2 HRs, 3 Runs, and 3 RBI.  Gary Sheffield and Chase Utley each had 4 Hits.  Kelly Johnson, Geovany Soto,  Jose Reyes, Kevin Cash each had 3 RBI.  Dustin Pedroia, Coco Crisp, Derek Jeter (3 Runs), Jose Castillo, Robinson Cano, Jack WIlson, Alex Rios, Evan Longoria (3 RBI), Ross Gload, and Carlos Gomez each had 3 Hits.  Mike Lowell and Brian Buscher each scored 3 Runs.

Eric Stults pitched a Complete Game four-hit Shutout to improve to 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA.  Kyle Kendrick gave up 4 Hits in 8 scoreless Innings to improve to 7-3.  Joba Chamberlain continued to prove The Boss II right by firing 6-2/3 scoreless Innings improving to 2-2 with a 2.03 ERA.  Tim Wakefield knuckled 7 scoreless Innings allowing 2 Hits with 6 Ks to improve to 5-5 with a 3.88 ERA.  Jorge Campillo gave up 2 Runs on 4 Hits with 6 Ks in 7 Innings to improve to 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA.  Randy Johnson gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but took the Loss.  Barry Zito shocked Giants fans by going 6-2/3 Innings allowing just 1 Run on 4 Hits to improve to 3-11.  Tim Redding gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings, but got a no-decision.  John Maine gave up 2 Runs in 6 Innings to improve to 8-5 with a 3.73 ERA.  James Shields gave up 1 Run on 4 Hits in 7 Innings to improve to 5-5 with a 3.76 ERA.  Luke Hochevar gave up 2 Runs in 8 Innings to even his record at 5-5.


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