The Mariners Salute Hall of Famer Randy Johnson
Watch Induction Ceremony This Sunday on the MLB Network
This Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, NY, Randy Johnson will be formally inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Seattle Mariners congratulate the “Big Unit” – a true first-ballot Hall of Famer. Among his career accomplishments, he won 303 games and struck out 4,875 (second in baseball history behind only Nolan Ryan).
As we all know by now, on his plaque, “Big Unit’s” cap will bear the logo of the Arizona Diamondbacks, becoming the first member of that franchise in the Hall. Randy earned four Cy Young Awards in his eight seasons there (118-62), and was a star on Arizona’s 2001 World Championship team. Congratulations to the D-backs.
As sports fans in the Northwest are well aware, Randy’s contributions to the Seattle Mariners were significant. In his ten seasons here, he developed quickly from prospect to “Randy Johnson, Hall of Fame pitcher.” He threw the first no-hitter in team history in 1990, won his first Cy Young Award here in 1995 and starred in the Mariners first AL West title and in the playoffs. He led the American League in strikeouts four times. His record in a Mariners uniform was 130-74. Randy entered the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2012.
Did you know that……?
Eight inductees of Baseball’s Hall of Fame have ties to the Mariners. Randy is the most visible and had the longest tenure here, but six others have worn the uniform and one sat in the GM chair.
Pat Gillick, HOF Class of 2011, was the Mariners general manager for four years (2000-2003).
Dick Williams, HOF Class of 2008, managed the team over three seasons (1986-88).
Gaylord Perry, HOF Class of 1991, pitched for the 1982-83 Mariners, winning his milestone 300th game in the Kingdome in 1982.
Bill Mazeroski, HOF Class of 2001, was the Mariners third base and infield coach in 1979-80.
Rickey Henderson, HOF Class of 2009, joined the Mariners mid-season in 2000, and was a contributor the playoff team that October.
Rich “Goose” Gossage, HOF Class of 2008, was in the Mariners bullpen in 1994, and retired when the baseball season ended prematurely because of the strike.
Paul Molitor, HOF Class of 2004, was the Mariners hitting coach in 2004.
What about Edgar?
Jerry Crasnick wrote this on espn.com:
A day after Pedro Martinez called the former Mariners’ DH the toughest hitter he ever faced, Randy Johnson went a step further: He said if he had a Hall of Fame ballot, Edgar Martinez would be the first name he would check.
“The first person that comes to my mind was a teammate of mine for 9½ years and the greatest hitter I ever played with,” Johnson said Wednesday. “I’ve faced a lot of Hall of Fame hitters, and my gosh, Edgar is the best hitter that I ever saw.”
Don’t Forget Dave…..
Yes, the Mariners beloved radio-TV broadcaster Dave Niehaus was the recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award in 2008, recognizing his outstanding work over 3- years as “Voice of the Mariners.”
And while we’re at it…..
Three Hall of Fame players are natives of the state of Washington – Earl Averill (the Earl of Snohomish, WA), Ryne Sandberg (Spokane) and Ron Santo (Seattle).