Welcome to Cooperstown Randy!

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It is a special day at Safeco Field, as one of our own, Randy Johnson, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame with 97.3% of votes. Randy spent 10 seasons with the Mariners, amassing 2,162 of his 4,875 strikeouts in a Seattle uniform.  Mariners Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Howard Lincoln issued the following statement today on Johnson’s election to the Hall of Fame:

On behalf of the Mariners franchise and ownership, we wish to add our congratulations to Randy Johnson on his well-deserved election to the Baseball Hall of Fame today.

Randy began his career in Montreal, but began his ascent to the Hall of Fame here in Seattle.

After his arrival in 1989, he tossed his first no-hitter with the Mariners in 1990, had his breakthrough season in 1993 (when he was 19-8) and claimed his first Cy Young Award in 1995. No one who watched this fierce competitor dominate during his decade in Seattle —  including his wins in Game 3 and, on one day rest, Game 5 of the 1995 Division Series vs. New York – had any doubt of him taking his rightful place in the Hall today.

During his 10 seasons in Seattle, Randy was a key member of the group of players that cemented the Mariners place in the region.

We are equally proud of the work Randy did off the field in Seattle, and note that even after his retirement, he continues to give his time in support of important causes, including his many visits to troops overseas.

Just as we watched with pride as Randy collected a Cy Young (1995), an ERA title (1995), made five All-Star Game appearances (1990, 1993-1995, 1997) and earned four strikeout crowns (1992-1995) in a Mariners uniform, we will watch with pride as Randy is inducted in Cooperstown this summer.

Baseball immortality. Congrats, Randy! #HOF2015

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Johnson was acquired by Seattle (from Montreal) on May 25, 1989. He was 130-74 with 2 saves and 2,162 strikeouts in 274 games (266 starts) with the Mariners. He totaled 51 complete games as a Mariner, including 19 shutouts, and tossed 1838.1 innings with Seattle prior to being traded to Houston on July 31, 1998. He is one of eight members of the Mariners Hall of Fame (inducted in 2012 with Dan Wilson).

Here is a full bio of Johnson’s Hall of Fame career:

1 Comment

The Greatest pitcher of at least the past 40 years, if not ever!!
I was at the Kingdom when he struckout 19 against the Oakland A’s, and LOST!!! Thanks to a “Roids” boosted Blast by Mark McQuire, 1 to 0…
His dominance during the 95′ season stretch run, was one of the most dominating performances of a single pitcher putting a team on his back, and carrying them into the playoffs, ever. While there were several “Great” hitters on the 95 team, the pitching wasn’t better than average with one exception. Randy Johnson. Those of us who witnessed it, will never forget. Congrats on the well deserved election to the Hall, but, most of all, Thanks Randy, for the Memories…

Randy L.

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