Along with Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio, The Big Unit Randy Johnson was elected yesterday into Baseball’s Class of 2015 Hall of Fame.
With 534 out of a possible 549, or 97.3% of the Baseball Writers Association of America votes, Johnson earned his place among baseball’s elite.
Johnson’s expected overwhelming accumulation was certainly deserved. However, many baseball purists were left to wonder what prevented this dominating pitcher from capturing the remaining 2.7% of the votes.
Did Johnson once plunk with a 100mph fastball the 15 writers who incredulously did not vote for this first time ballot inductee?
During his 22 year Major League Baseball career, the Big Unit immediately instilled big fears in hitters who faced this imposing figure on the mound.
At 6’10” and 230 lbs. pitcher Randy Johnson personified the name given him during his rookie season in Montreal.
When astonished teammate Tim Raines first saw Johnson pitch, he shouted, “Wow, that’s one Big Unit!”
During his stints with the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Giants and Expos, Johnson’s physical size and on field performance towered above all other Major League Baseball pitchers.
MLB hitters facing Johnson feared his blazing 100 mph fastball and hard, wicked slider. Both pitches were instrumental in his leading the majors in strikeouts nine times and overall ERA four times.
A ten-time MLB all-star and five-time Cy Young Award winner, the dominating lefty retired in 2009 as one of the most decorated pitchers in baseball history.
In addition to winning a World Series in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Big Unit was named Co-MVP of the series with his Diamondbacks’ teammate Curt Schilling.
Other significant career accomplishments include the perfect game Johnson tossed on May 18, 2004 against the Atlanta Braves and the no-hitter he pitched on June 2, 1990 versus the Detroit Tigers.
Johnson’s fabulous pitching career became even more impressive. This non-performance enhanced fire baller dominated from the mound during the infamous Major League Baseball era which was sullied by widespread steroid usage.
This big time baseball talent finished his pitching days with 303 career wins. Johnson also ranks second in career strikeouts with 4,875 K’s and holds the record for baseball’s best ever strikeouts per innings pitched.
534 eligible Cooperstown voters didn’t whiff when electing Randy Johnson as a first time Hall of Fame ballot selection yesterday.
That’s because voting for the Big Unit was as quick and easy as one of the fire baller’s three pitch strikeouts.
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