Randy Johnson retired after 22 years in Major League Baseball.Â “Lefty Johnson” and his retirement announcement via a conference call today didn’t come as a surprise to many.
22 years ago, Johnson appeared on the pitcher’s mound and didn’t quite look like he belonged.Â Over two decades later, he is walking away as one of the most accomplished pitchers in the game.
The 46 year old,Â 6Â foot 10 inch tall,Â five time winner of the Cy Young Award has had a phenomenal career in professional baseball.Â He has not only a World Series ring, but was also a 10 time all star, threw 2 no hitters, and ranks second in career strikeout list.
Johnson said the following about his decision to retire from professional baseball “It’s taken this long into January because I definitely wanted to just kind of relax from the season being over and make sure I had a clear head when I made this decision, and that I would be making it wholeheartedly and would be sticking to it”
Johnson has had three back surgeries and four knee operations in his past. He was on the Disabled List this year, which is his tenth stint during his career.