Randy Johnson Announces Retirement
Jan. 5, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Former USC pitcher Randy Johnson announced his retirement today after a 22-year Major League career. The five-time Cy Young Award winner and 10-time All-Star became just the 24th player in Major League Baseball history to record 300 wins in his career. He earned his 300th win last season as a member of the San Francisco Giants.
He finishes his career with 4,875 strikeouts, ranking him second in Major League history behind Nolan Ryan (5,714). He pitched for six clubs during his career (Montreal, Seattle, Houston, Arizona, New York Yankees and San Francisco).
Johnson (Livermore/Livermore HS) pitched three seasons at USC (1983-85), going 16-12 with a 4.66 ERA and five saves in 67 games for the Trojans. He threw 243 1/3 innings, allowing 225 hits with 188 walks and 206 strikeouts.
He was a member of the 2001 Arizona squad that defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series. Johnson was named Co-MVP, along with teammate Curt Schilling, after going 3-0 in the World Series with a 1.04 ERA (17 1/3 IP, 3 BB, 19 SO).
He began his MLB career in 1988 with the Montreal Expos after being drafted by the Expos in the second round of the 1985 draft.