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 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)
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(Newser) – 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."

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