M’s Add Legends
Randy Johnson is headed to Cooperstown in 4 years, but this week the former five-time Cy Young winner is going into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame first.
During his 22-year-career, Johnson won 303 games. The Mariners had just one winning season before Wilson arrived, and enjoyed their greatest success with him.
Johnson finished his career first in strikeouts per nine innings pitched among starting pitchers (10.67), second all-time in total strikeouts (4,875; first among left-handed pitchers), third in hit batsmen (188), tenth in fewest hits allowed per nine innings pitched (7.24), 22nd in wins (303), and 57th in shutouts (37).
He pitched two no-hitters, the second of which was the 17th perfect game in baseball history.
Joining him will be his longtime friend and club mate Dan Wilson.
Wilson played in more games as a catcher (1,237) than any player in Seattle Mariners history.
He was an All-Star in 1996 and is tied with Joe Mauer and A.J. Pierzynski for the highest fielding percentage by a catcher (.995) in American League history. He ranks in the M’s top 10 in hits (1,071, sixth), extra-base hits (308, ninth), total bases (1,568, eighth), doubles (207, sixth), runs batted in (508, ninth), at-bats (4,085, seventh) and runs (433, 10th).
The two M’s legends will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on July 28 at Safeco Field, before a game against the Kansas City Royals.
Randy and Dan will become the fifth and sixth major leaguers in the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Already in are Alvin Davis (inducted in 1997), Dave Niehaus (2000), Jay Buhner (2004) and Edgar Martinez (2007).
Johnson had this to say on the honor.
“To this day, those catchers, because they caught me so much, understood what I was about when I was on the mound and knew how to get the best out of me, Dan had a major impact on my career in Seattle and when I left as well. …
It couldn’t be more fitting he’s going into the Hall of Fame the same time I am.”
Wilson had these comments.
“This is Randy’s first stop on the way to Cooperstown,” to go into the Mariners Hall of Fame with him is a real honor.”