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September 10 – Happy Birthday Randy Johnson

After the Yankees gave up a three-game lead and lost the ALCS to the Red Sox in 2004, New York’s front office made the decision to go and get Randy Johnson from the Diamondbacks. The Big Unit’s former Arizona pitching partner, Curt Schilling had just helped Boston win their first World Championship in almost a century and Brian Cashman decided the Yankees needed to add a dominant number 1 starter to compete with their arch-rivals in the AL East.

Johnson had certainly been a dominant number 1 guy with both Seattle and the Diamondbacks during most of his career, winning five Cy Young’s including four straight with Arizona. But by the time he got to the Bronx, he was already 41-years-old and battling a chronically sore back. He was good enough to win 17 games in each of his two regular seasons in pinstripes, but he pitched poorly in the postseason as the Yankees got bounced from the playoffs in the first round in both 2005 and ’06. Few Yankee fans shed any tears when the often ornery left-hander was traded back to Arizona in January of 2007. Johnson finally retired in 2009 with 303 lifetime victories and 4,135 strikeouts during a 22-year career that will certainly end up getting him into Cooperstown.

Johnson’s career in New York got off to a rough start public relations wise when the 6’10” pitcher allegedly shoved a reporter who got too close to him on a Manhattan street. Forty-four years earlier, another Yankee star who celebrates his birthday on this same date had also struggled with his relationship with the very tough Big Apple sports press. You’ll find his PBB post here. This former Yankee utility infielder was also born on September 10th.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2005 NYY 17 8 .680 3.79 34 34 0 4 0 0 225.2 207 102 95 32 47 211 1.126
2006 NYY 17 11 .607 5.00 33 33 0 2 0 0 205.0 194 125 114 28 60 172 1.239
22 Yrs 303 166 .646 3.29 618 603 7 100 37 2 4135.1 3346 1703 1513 411 1497 4875 1.171
SEA (10 yrs) 130 74 .637 3.42 274 266 3 51 19 2 1838.1 1414 782 698 160 884 2162 1.250
ARI (8 yrs) 118 62 .656 2.83 233 232 1 38 14 0 1630.1 1325 594 513 163 416 2077 1.068
MON (2 yrs) 3 4 .429 4.69 11 10 1 1 0 0 55.2 52 33 29 5 33 51 1.527
NYY (2 yrs) 34 19 .642 4.37 67 67 0 6 0 0 430.2 401 227 209 60 107 383 1.180
SFG (1 yr) 8 6 .571 4.88 22 17 2 0 0 0 96.0 97 55 52 19 31 86 1.333
HOU (1 yr) 10 1 .909 1.28 11 11 0 4 4 0 84.1 57 12 12 4 26 116 0.984
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/18/2013.