Around the Majors: Yankees name Johnson Opening Day starter

1) The Yankees named Randy Johnson as their Opening Day starter.

YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
2003 39    6   4.26   18  18  114    125  9.87 12.63   6   8   0   8   6  Diamondbacks 
2004 40   50   2.60   35  35  245.2  290 10.62  8.46  16  14   0  22   8  Diamondbacks 
2005 41   17   3.79   34  34  225.2  211  8.42 10.61  17   8   0  14  11  Yankees      
CAREER   528   3.11  523 513 3593.2 4372 10.95 10.86 263 136   2 260 139 
LG AVG     0   4.35          3593.2 2505  6.27 12.93 201 201 

Johnson ranks 2nd on the career RSAA for lefties–

RSAA  
1    Lefty Grove                 668   
2    Randy Johnson               528   
3    Carl Hubbell                355   
4    Whitey Ford                 321   
5    Warren Spahn                319   
6    Hal Newhouser               309   
7    Tom Glavine                 308   
8    Steve Carlton               282   
9    Rube Waddell                254   
10   Lefty Gomez                 241   

2) Bret Boone announced his retirement. Boone had been in camp as a nonroster invitee with the Mets.

YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1996   27  -29  .275  .354  .629  .295   3.18  .233  12   69    3  142  Reds         
1997   28  -29  .298  .332  .630  .273   3.15  .223   7   46    5  139  Reds         
1999   30  -18  .310  .416  .726  .398   4.22  .252  20   63   14  152  Braves       

2003   34   38  .366  .535  .902  .662   7.05  .294  35  117   16  159  Mariners     
2004   35   -7  .317  .423  .740  .460   4.34  .251  24   83   10  148  Mariners     
2005   36  -17  .290  .350  .639  .319   3.20  .221   7   37    4   88  Mariners/Twins
CAR        -16  .325  .442  .767  .488   4.85  .266 252 1021   94 1780 
LG AVG       0  .339  .428  .767  .500   5.11  .270 212  911  137 
POS AVG    -88  .334  .396  .730  .454   4.69  .269 136  737  194 

3) The White Sox are reportedly talking to free agent P Hideo Nomo.

4) The Dodgers sent OF Tydus Meadows to the minors.

5) Today’s birthdays–

ACE ADAMS, AGE: 93
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1942 30   15   1.84   61   0   88     33  3.38 10.23   7   4  11   8   3  Giants       
CAREER     8   3.47  302   7  553    171  2.78 12.58  41  33  49  40  34 
LG AVG     0   3.54           553    202  3.28 12.35  31  31 

MOE BERG, 1902-72
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1923   21  -15  .198  .240  .439  .110   1.63  .186   0    6    1   49  Dodgers      
1929   27  -16  .323  .307  .630  .342   3.64  .287   0   47    5  107  White Sox    
1932   30  -16  .266  .303  .569  .216   2.68  .236   1   26    1   75  Senators     
1934   32  -15  .283  .301  .583  .227   2.95  .251   0   15    2   62  Senators/Indians
1936   34  -15  .264  .288  .552  .154   2.63  .240   0   19    0   39  Red Sox      
CAR       -146  .278  .299  .577  .231   2.86  .243   6  206   11  663 
LG AVG       0  .359  .418  .778  .500   5.55  .290  30  270   31 
POS AVG    -54  .342  .367  .709  .413   4.60  .270  19  240   18 

MORT COOPER, 1913-58
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1942 29   53   1.77   37  35  279    152  4.90  9.03  22   7   0  22   7  Cardinals    
1943 30   34   2.30   37  32  274    141  4.63 10.25  21   8   3  19  10  Cardinals    
1944 31   27   2.46   34  33  252     97  3.46 10.43  22   7   1  19  10  Cardinals    
CAREER   146   2.96  295 239 1843    913  4.46 11.06 128  75  14 122  81 
LG AVG     0   3.61          1843    698  3.41 12.40 102 102 

WOODY ENGLISH, 1907-97
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1929   22  -30  .352  .339  .691  .350   4.23  .276   1   52   13  144  Cubs         
1932   25  -12  .344  .360  .704  .425   4.38  .272   3   47    5  127  Cubs         
1937   30  -19  .350  .299  .649  .334   3.72  .238   1   42    4  129  Dodgers      
CAR        -25  .366  .378  .743  .483   5.11  .286  32  422   57 1261 
LG AVG       0  .349  .415  .765  .500   5.34  .291  76  633   60 
POS AVG   -114  .335  .373  .708  .421   4.50  .275  43  530   56 

CHICO FERNANDEZ, AGE: 74
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1957   25  -22  .302  .336  .638  .327   3.19  .262   5   51   18  149  Phillies     
1958   26  -35  .280  .318  .598  .253   2.76  .230   6   51   12  148  Phillies     
1960   28  -24  .303  .313  .616  .293   2.98  .241   4   35   13  133  Tigers       
CAR       -154  .292  .329  .622  .293   3.04  .240  40  259   68  856 
LG AVG       0  .335  .411  .746  .500   4.79  .265  86  370   32 
POS AVG    -60  .321  .374  .695  .422   4.09  .257  59  304   42 

RON GANT, AGE: 41
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1990   25   32  .357  .539  .896  .648   6.84  .303  32   84   33  152  Braves       
1993   28   22  .345  .510  .854  .599   6.09  .274  36  117   26  157  Braves       
1995   30   31  .386  .554  .940  .681   7.55  .276  29   88   23  119  Reds         
CAR        104  .336  .468  .803  .541   5.52  .256 321 1008  243 1832 
LG AVG       0  .335  .411  .746  .500   4.86  .266 178  821  157 
POS AVG     66  .341  .428  .769  .525   5.22  .268 206  858  209 

JAY GIBBONS, AGE: 29
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
2003   26    9  .330  .456  .786  .548   5.29  .277  23  100    0  160  Orioles      
2004   27  -17  .303  .379  .682  .337   3.70  .246  10   47    1   97  Orioles      
2005   28   11  .317  .516  .833  .575   5.41  .277  26   79    0  139  Orioles      
CAR          4  .315  .466  .781  .507   4.90  .261 102  331    2  605 
LG AVG       0  .333  .428  .762  .500   4.99  .267  69  290   36 
POS AVG     17  .338  .449  .787  .524   5.28  .269  83  314   33 

JACK KNOTT, 1907-81
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1936 29  -37   7.27   47  23  193     60  2.80 17.21   9  17   6  10  16  Browns       
1942 35  -21   5.59   20  14   95     31  2.94 15.54   2  10   0   4   8  A's          
CAREER   -38   4.97  325 192 1557    484  2.80 14.16  82 103  19  90  95 
LG AVG     0   4.50          1557    609  3.52 13.77  87  87 

JIM KONSTANTY, 1917-76
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1950 33   20   2.66   74   0  152     56  3.32  9.36  16   7  22  15   8  Phillies     
1955 38   12   2.31   45   0   74     19  2.31 11.19   7   2  11   6   3  Yankees      
CAREER    36   3.46  433  36  946    268  2.55 11.71  66  48  74  64  50 
LG AVG     0   3.98           946    423  4.02 12.72  53  53 

ELMER MYERS, 1894-1976
YEAR AGE RSAA  ERA     G  GS   IP    SO   SO/9 BR/9   W   L   SV  NW  NL  TEAM
1916 22  -25   3.66   44  35  315    182  5.20 13.20  14  23   1  15  22  A's          
1917 23  -41   4.41   38  23  202     88  3.92 13.59   9  16   3   7  18  A's          
1918 24  -18   4.64   18  15   95     17  1.61 13.93   4   8   1   4   8  A's          
CAREER  -101   4.06  185 127 1101.2  428  3.50 13.39  55  72   7  52  75 
LG AVG     0   3.22          1101.2  402  3.28 12.19  61  61 

MEL OTT, 1909-58
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1929   20   75  .449  .635 1.084  .760  11.13  .328  42  151    6  150  Giants       
1930   21   57  .458  .578 1.036  .720  10.28  .349  25  119    9  148  Giants       
1931   22   44  .392  .545  .937  .721   8.03  .292  29  115   10  138  Giants       
1932   23   74  .424  .601 1.025  .779   9.89  .318  38  123    6  154  Giants       
1934   25   77  .415  .591 1.006  .787  10.05  .326  35  135    0  153  Giants       
1935   26   69  .407  .555  .962  .766   9.46  .322  31  114    7  152  Giants       
1936   27   82  .448  .588 1.036  .804  10.96  .328  33  135    6  150  Giants       
1937   28   56  .408  .523  .931  .742   8.79  .294  31   95    7  151  Giants       
1938   29   81  .442  .583 1.024  .807  10.79  .311  36  116    2  150  Giants       
1939   30   59  .449  .581 1.030  .797  10.43  .308  27   80    2  125  Giants       
1941   32   47  .403  .495  .898  .723   8.18  .286  27   90    5  148  Giants       
1942   33   58  .415  .497  .912  .763   8.34  .295  30   93    6  152  Giants       
1944   35   48  .423  .544  .967  .765   9.50  .288  26   82    2  120  Giants       
1945   36   43  .411  .499  .910  .735   8.44  .308  21   79    1  135  Giants       
CAR        989  .414  .533  .947  .743   8.86  .304 511 1860   89 2730 
LG AVG       0  .343  .398  .740  .500   5.03  .281 137 1126  102 
POS AVG    313  .367  .446  .812  .598   6.27  .297 213 1327  127 

TERRY STEINBACH, AGE: 44
YEAR  AGE RCAA   OBA  SLG   OPS   OWP    RC/G  AVG   HR  RBI   SB   G   TEAM
1997   35  -18  .302  .394  .696  .361   3.88  .248  12   54    6  122  Twins        
1998   36  -16  .310  .410  .720  .370   3.91  .242  14   54    0  124  Twins        
CAR        -31  .326  .420  .746  .473   4.49  .271 162  745   23 1546 
LG AVG       0  .337  .414  .751  .500   4.87  .267 154  701  107 
POS AVG   -128  .316  .385  .701  .409   4.05  .252 138  658   29 

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