First Randy Johnson was scheduled to have a conference call tomorrow morning, now it’s been moved up to tonight. Either way, it’s all but certain that the future Hall of Famer will be announcing his retirement.
Everytime I’ve scrolled through a list of free agents, I’ve been surprised to see Johnson’s name, only because I don’t remember him being discussed at all. Obviously he’s 46 years old, had a 4.88 ERA last season and everyone’s been expecting him to retire, but still. The guy is one year removed from an 11-win season with a sub-4.00 ERA. Teams have signed crazier contracts.
Despite the negatives of his two-year stint with the Yankees, Johnson did win 17 games in each of his seasons in pinstripes. When Arizona signed him to a four-year deal in 1999, he went on to win the Cy Young each of those four years. Six years later, he finished second in the Cy Young voting and led the National League in strikeouts when he was 40. He might have been a grump — I don’t know, I never met the guy — but he was absolutely one of the dominant pitchers of all time.
UPDATE, 6:31 p.m.: By the way, if you haven’t heard, Matt Holliday is going back to the Cardinals for seven years.