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    Big Unit Retires

    Randy Johnnson to retire. Conference call moved to tonight to avoid conflict with Hall of Fame announcement tomorrow.
    about 2 hours ago from web
    http://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/7416599865
    Easily one of the best starting pitchers of the last 20 years and a lock to be elected to the HOF on the 1st ballot. I'm glad I got to see him pitch. Man, did he dominate at his peak.
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    He had a great career.

    And a fabulous mullet!

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    Kind of a surprise. I thought he may have had a couple more good years left in him.
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    Its a sad day for me. Growing up I was a huge mariners fan thanks to Griffey Jr. That also led me to be huge fans of Johnson, Martinez (Edgar and Tino), Joey Cora and of course Jay Buhner.

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    I figured he'd come back for another go 'round at least. Great talent.

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    He was fun to watch. He's easily one of the most dominant pitchers I have ever seen. He could've probably stuck around for another five years as a reliever if he wanted to.

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    Sad to see him go. Really fun to watch. I must say though, early in his career...I thought he was going to be a big-time bust. No control at all. That was a turnaround I NEVER thought I'd see happening. 1st ballot hall of famer...without a doubt.
    Chapman to the rotation!!!! Do it already!!!!

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    Best wishes to Randy in his retirement and wow, what a great career.
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    What a fun career his was to watch. I saw a couple of his early Expos games - could tell then, he had something. I followed the Mariners a bit around those days (some Kid was on the same team), and was excited when he was traded for Langston.
    And when he finally got it in 1993, wow did he ever get it.
    I saw he was actually drafted by the Braves in '82. What if he had signed - that 1990s rotation...wow. -

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    He was fun to watch. He's easily one of the most dominant pitchers I have ever seen. He could've probably stuck around for another five years as a reliever if he wanted to.
    I agree. Unit as a 50-year-old LOOGY would have been amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    He was fun to watch. He's easily one of the most dominant pitchers I have ever seen. He could've probably stuck around for another five years as a reliever if he wanted to.
    He won more games in his 40's than he did in his 20's.

    Johnson credits Nolan Ryan for fixing his delivery and turning his career around in 1992.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handofdeath View Post
    He should get tossed out of the Hall if he doesn't mention that bird in his entrance speech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    He should get tossed out of the Hall if he doesn't mention that bird in his entrance speech.

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    To bad the HOF inductees aren't introduced by a person of their choice because I would love to see John Kruk introduce him.
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