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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Randy Johnson To Retire

Via David Pinto, Randy Johnson will announce his retirement at a press conference tonight. As David says, his Cooperstown ticket should be punched on the first ballot, in 2015.

Update: Craig Calcaterra has a fine encomium of Johnson's career.

Johnson slowly began to improve after the trade to Seattle, to the point where he was a genuinely average to slightly above average pitcher by 1992, though one who walked way, way too many guys. He was 28 by then. I figured that he would peter out soon enough and would be remembered as a slightly better, left handed Bobby Witt.

Then something clicked, and after it clicked no one had a chance off of the guy for the next dozen years.



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