Randy Johnson retiring?

It looks like Randy Johnson is going to announce his retirement tomorrow morning. If so, the Big Unit has timed this one nicely, coinciding the Hall of Fame hoopla with his trot into the sunset. Johnson will end with career totals of 303 wins, 4875 strikeouts, 3.29 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 10 All-Star selections, and 5 Cy Young awards.

What may be the most upsetting part of RJ’s possible retirement is that he doesn’t even seem to be done playing quality baseball. Here were his 2009 numbers:

4.91 FIP, 3.74 xFIP, 5.62 tRA, 0.4 WAR

His season was shortened due to injuries, but RJ was seriously hurt by a 19.2 HR/FB%. Remember, his past season was one year removed from when he did this:

3.76 FIP, 3.71 xFIP, 4.36 tRA, 3.9 WAR

Bill James has Johnson pinned for a 3.73 FIP next year. It looks like we won’t see Unit in a big league game ever again, but we’ll likely see him in Cooperstown in 2014.


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Pat Andriola is an Analyst at Bloomberg Sports who formerly worked in Major League Baseball's Labor Relations Department. You can contact him at Patrick.Andriola@tufts.edu or follow him on Twitter @tuftspat
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Sean Reid

Say it isnt so, not RJ will baseball ever be the same? But I guess even the best gotta hang up the glove someday, well heres hopin RJ stys in the pic one way or another, coach, trainer,manager, owner, whatever. Dont quir RJ we need you!

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