Randy Johnson

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Randy Johnson is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who spent 22 seasons (1988–2009) with six different teams, including the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. Randy Johnson a 10-time MLB All-Star, and five-time Cy Young Award winner, rose to fame with the Seattle Mariners.

Early life

Randall David Johnson best known as Randy Johnson was born on 10 September 1963, in Walnut Creek, California, the United States of America. As of now, he is 59 years old and he is a citizen of America. Moreover, he has a birth sign of Virgo and he is a Christian by religion. He is the son of Carol Hannah Johnson (mother) and Rollen Charles ‘Bud’ Johnson (father). Talking about his siblings, he has a brother whose name is Gregg Johnson.

Randy Johnson

Caption: Randy Johnson posing for a photo (Source: Wikipedia)

He was a baseball and basketball star by the time he joined Livermore High School. He struck out 121 batters in 66 innings as a senior in 1982 and pitched a perfect game in his final high school start. Besides that, he was also a member of a Bercovich team that had outstanding players from throughout California. Furthermore, he also earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

Professional career

In the second round of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft, he was selected by the Montreal Expos. On September 15, 1988, he made his major league debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning 9–4 with a five-inning outing in which he gave up two runs and struck out five batters, his first batter was Orestes Destrade in the second inning. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners on May 25, 1988, in a five-player trade that also sent Mark Langston to Montreal. He was 3–4 with a 4.69 ERA and one complete game in 55.2 innings with 51 strikeouts and 33 walks in 11 games with the Expos. For three consecutive seasons (1990–1992), he led the American League in walks, and in 1992 and 1993, he hit batters.

His untapped talent was explosive: in 1990, he became the first left-handed pitcher to strike out Wade Boggs three times in a game, and a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers showed his potential. He attributes taking his career to the next level to a session with Nolan Ryan late in the 1992 season; Nolan has stated that he admired Randy’s talent and did not want to see him take as long to figure things out as he had.

Johnson made his major league debut in 1993, earning a 19–8 record with a 3.24 ERA, his first of six seasons with 300 or more strikeouts (308), and he was the first pitcher for the Seattle Mariners to do so. He dropped another no-hitter to a 9th-inning single against the Oakland Athletics in May 1993. Against the Minnesota Twins’ Chuck Knoblauch, he also struck out the 1,000th batter of his career.

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Caption: Randy Johnson playing for Seattle Mariners (Source: USA Today)

On October 3, 1993, he came in as a defensive substitute in the final game of the season, replacing Brian Turang in left field. As a result, he became the all-time tallest player in baseball history. He made history by being the first regular starting pitcher to strike out more than a third of hitters faced. He missed most of the 1996 season due to a back injury.

When the 1998 season began, he was disappointed that the Mariners had not offered him a contract extension, even though his contract was slated to expire at the end of the season. Despite originally wanting to keep him and turning down a trade offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Mariners dropped out of contention in June, finishing 8–20. The Mariners sold him to the Houston Astros for three minor leaguers, Freddy Garcia, Carlos Guillén, and John Halama, only minutes before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31.

He has 19 wins, 347 strikeouts, and a 2.64 ERA in 2000. Curt Schilling was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in July 2000. On May 8, 2001, he struck out 20 hitters in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. Johnson struck out all 20 batters in the first nine innings, but the game was not classified as an “official” 20-strikeout game by MLB since it extended into extra innings. In a 5–1 defeat to the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 23, 2001, he struck out three hitters on nine pitches in the sixth inning, becoming the 30th pitcher in big league history to do so.

Back injury and retirement

In 2005, he joined the New York Yankees. However, owing to a back injury, his effectiveness with the club was inconsistent. He missed the last months of the 2006 season as a result. When he was on top of his game, he continued to set records. In 2007, he rejoined the Diamondbacks. Due to another back issue that required surgery, he was rarely seen on the field. In 2008, he made his season debut against the San Francisco Giants. He passed Roger Clemons for second place on the all-time strikeout list in this game. The Giants gave him an $8 million one-year contract with $2.5 million in award bonuses the following season. He was the second-oldest player in Major League Baseball when he joined the Giants. He announced his retirement from the game in January 2010.

Acting career

On March 19, 2006, he appeared as a guest star in The Simpsons episode “Bart Has Two Mommies”. He portrayed himself in the movie Little Big League. He had a grey beard in a “Just For Men” commercial.  Moreover, he also featured in a Right Guard ad, in which he threw dodgeballs at Kyle Brandt, who played the role of odor. He also featured in many Nike advertisements in 1998.  With teammate Tim Lincecum, he had a cameo appearance in a commercial for MLB 2K9. Furthermore, he appeared in a commercial for GEICO insurance. He has appeared in several Backyard Baseball games as a playable character. As for himself, he featured on Franklin & Bash in the episode “Control”.

Awards and Net Worth

Throughout his career, he has received several awards and honors. He has won the CY Young Award three times in the National League. In 1995, he also won the American League Cy Young Award. In 2001, he was named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. He has also won the Warren Spahn Award many times.

He has made a lot of money in his career as a former baseball player and sports celebrity. His net worth is estimated to be around $95 million, which he earned throughout his professional career.

Relationship Status

Sammy, Tanne, Willow, and Alexandria are his four children with his wife Lisa. He and his wife, Lisa Wiehoff married in 1993. Heather Renee Roszell, his daughter from a prior relationship, is his other child. He lives in the Arizona town of Paradise Valley. Additionally, he has explored a second profession as a photographer after retiring from baseball. He was hired as a Special Assistant to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ team president, Derrick Hall, in January 2015.

As of now, he is not a part of controversy nor got in rumors. Moreover, Randy is enjoying his life and cares about his family and children.

Body measurement and Social media

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Caption: Randy Johnson body measurement (Source: Pinterest)

He is 6 feet 9 inches tall and weighs around 102 kg and has grey hair and brown eyes in color. Besides that, there is no more information regarding Randy Johnson’s other body measurements.

Randy Johnson is active only on Instagram. On his Instagram, there are more than 67k followers. Besides that, he is not available on other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

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