It could be very easily argued that Randy Johnson would be a first-ballot Hall of Famer even if he did not reach the 300 win mark. But with his latest victory, and now being in that famed club, Johnson has solidified himself as one of the greatest pitchers of this generation as well.
I thought it would be fun to debate which hat ‘The Big Unit’ should be wearing at Cooperstown if we had the ability to vote.
In his 22-season big league career Johnson has played for 6 different teams. Below are the highlights from each of those stints.
Montreal Expos – 1988-89 : 3-4 record, 8.2 K’s per 9 innings
Seattle Mariners – 1989-98 : 130-74 record, 10.6 K’s per 9 innings, 5 all-star appearances, 1 Cy Young Awards, 3 Top-3 finishes for Cy Young, pitched no-hitter.
Houston Astros – 1998 : 10-1 record, 12.4 K’s per 9 innings
Arizona Diamondbacks – 1995-2004, 2007-09 : 118-62 record, 11.5 K’s per 9 innings, 5 all-star appearances, 4 Cy Young Awards, 1 2nd place finish for Cy Young Award, World Series MVP, World Series title, pitched perfect game.
New York Yankees – 2005-06 : 34-19 record, 8.0 K’s per 9 innings.
San Francisco Giants – 2009-present : 5-5 record, 8.9 K’s per 9 innings.
Wow, this was more lopsided than I had thought. It looks like 5 years after ‘The Big Unit’ decides to retire that the Arizona Diamondbacks will have their first member in baseball’s Hall of Fame!!!