Former Mariner Great Randy Johnson in the Hall of Fame

rjFinally, we can answer the question “who has the largest Johnson in the hall of fame.”

That honor goes to  6’10 former Mariner great, Randy Johnson.   Randy Johnson “the Big Unit” is the most prolific and accomplished of the group of four inductees to Cooperstown.

Joining the Big Unit were: the iconic Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, ace Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, and the ironman starter/reliever for the Atlanta Braves, John Smoltz.

Gathering 549 votes (needing 412 for induction) on his 1st ballot, Randy Johnson lead the all nominees for as near unanimous decision (on 97% of the ballot votes).  The Big Unit finished with the 8th highest percentage of the votes.

Drafted out of USC by the Montreal Expos, Randy Johnson was traded (with Gene Harris and Brian Holman) for Mark Langston.   Initially thought of as a bad deal for the Mariners, Randy Johnson led the American League in Walks for 3 straight years.   After working out the kinks in his game, Randy had an unprecedented four straight seasons of leading the league in strikeouts and an amazing 18-2 record and his 1st Cy Young award in the magical 1995 season to keep the Mariners in Seattle.

After 10 seasons in Seattle, the greatest left-hander of our generation (maybe of all time) Randy Johnson continued to pitch for another successful decade, including stints at Houston, Arizona, New York (AL), and San Francisco.   Randy finished his career with:

  • 5 Cy Young Awards
  • A World Series MVP
  • 10 time All-Star
  • 4 times led the league in ERA
  • 9 times led the league in Strikeouts
  • One no-hitter and one perfect game
  • Induction into the Mariners Hall of Fame and had his #51 retired in Arizona

Top Voting results of all-time:

Name

Year

%

Position

Rank

Tom Seaver

1992

98.84%

P

1.

Nolan Ryan

1999

98.79%

P

2.

Cal Ripken, Jr.

2007

98.53%

SS

3.

Ty Cobb

1936

98.23%

CF

4.

George Brett

1999

98.19%

3B

5.

Hank Aaron

1982

97.83%

RF

6.

Tony Gwynn

2007

97.61%

RF

7.

Randy Johnson

2015

97.30%

P

8

Greg Maddux

2014

97.20%

P

9

NOTES:

  • Randy Johnson appeared on 97% of the ballots; this means that a little over dozen voters did not choose him for the Hall of Fame, continuing the tradition that no one has ever had 100% of the vote.
  • Edgar Martinez gained ground from last year, going from 23% to 27%.  Both Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson referred to Edgar as the greatest right-handed hitter of his era.
  • Pedro Martinez received 91 percent of the vote and was inducted on his 1st ballot.  John Smoltz and Craig Biggio came in at 82%.
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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.