Randy Johnson (303 Wins, 4,875 K’s, 135 ERA+, 1.17 WHIP, 10.6 K/9)
Over the course of twenty-two seasons, Randy Johnson was the epitome of dominance. The 6-10 lefty had a blazing fastball and killer slider, and hiding behind his glove and a sidearm delivery, hitters usually did not have a high chance of surviving in the box, much less of having success.
The case for induction: Early in his career, Johnson had a lot of control problems. In his first five seasons, he had a 49-48 record. Then he became The Big Unit. In the other seventeen years, he had just ONE losing season. He also had one of, if not the best, post-30 run of any pitcher. After reaching the age of 30, Johnson had 222 wins.
You want a guy who can log innings? Johnson is your man. Fourteen times he threw 200 innings or more. Seven times he threw 240 innings or more. In all, he threw 4,135 1/3 innings over his career.
Johnson won five Cy Young awards in his career. In addition to that, he finished second another three times. He went to ten All Star games, and was the co-MVP of the 2001 World Series. Oh, and he also has a perfect game under his belt as well.
All time he ranks 38th in innings, 22nd in wins, 2nd in strikeouts, 1st in strikeouts per nine innings, 91st in WHIP, 21st in games started, 57th in shutouts, 23rd in ERA+, 9th in pitcher’s WAR, and 28th in overall WAR.
To put what Johnson did into perspective, all of this was done during the Steroid Era, when the hitting numbers were out of proportion. In one word, what he did was AMAZING.
The case against induction: There is none. If he isn’t inducted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, there is something seriously wrong with the voters. It will be bad enough that he won’t get 100 percent of the vote.
Decision: He shouldn’t lose any sleep. He will definitely receive a call on Tuesday.
Next: Tim Raines