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.