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Ladies and gentlemen, Randy Johnson…

June 3, 2009

With a former teammate of mine Randy Johnson, going for 300 wins tonight, Rob Bradford sent along a few questions pertaining to RJ. Here they are:

1. Do you think there will ever be another 300-game winner?

Never say never but I am not sure the game is situated for it to happen again. First off you have to have hall of fame talent, and there are certainly a lot of guys out there with that. But the other things MUST fall in line:

A. Play on a winning team EVERY year

B. Miss VERY few games due to injury

C. You basically need to win 15 games a year for 20 years. I think

Maddux is the only guy to even sniff something close to that. Otherwise you need to win 20 for a few years, hard enough in and of itself, and have a ton fo 17-19 win seasons, and sprinkle a few 23-25 win seasons in there as well.

2. When did you realize RJ had what it took to reach such a milestone?

After I watched him pitch his first game, in person.

3. When he went to the Yankees did you think that was a bad fit, and why do you think he had such a hard time there?

I never thought it would work out for a ton of reasons off the field. I certainly thought he’d win, and he did, but I didn’t see him enjoying even a minute of being there. He’s very much an introvert most times, and the RJ I knew had major issues with ‘publicity’ away from the ballpark that wasn’t controlled, and NYC is the king of unwanted publicity away from the field.

4. What is one of your favorite RJ stories?

Nothing really funny, but my favorites were watching him stroll out of the bullpen for relief in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, the night after throwing 100-plus pitches in Game 6. Watching him strikeout 20 vs the Reds, and get a no-decision.

5. What is your second-favorite RJ story?

The fact that after three years I took about 100 shirts from him in golf, to his 1.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2009 4:16 pm

    Randy Johnson has reached an amazing milestone and joins the club of 300 game winners all time. He deserves the glory for this as he has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball over the past decade. Congratulations to him and his success.

  2. Roy Thagard permalink
    June 3, 2009 5:49 pm

    As a fan of the game of baseball I applaud the career of RJ. Certainly we are witnesses to sheer talent by watching a left handed power pitcher dominate the game for so many years. As the game has changed to 5 starting pitchers per staff and may increase to 6, I don’t believe we will ever see another 300 win pitcher after RJ. Look at the stats of others in that category. You basically have to win 50% of your starts, and pitchers today just don’t get 600 starts any more. They get 30 a year, you’d need 20 years of winning 50% of your games to get in this category. As Curt already noted so eloquently, it’s possible, but growing more and more unlikely. It was much easier to get to 300 wins when you were given the ball 45-50 times. Maybe, maybe Doc Holliday gets to 300, but he gets a decision in 90% of his starts, winning better than 50%. His career started later than most, and he has a lot more wins to accumulate before we do mention his name seriously.

  3. jim permalink
    June 4, 2009 5:32 pm

    Hey Curt, I know this is off topic,but what are your thoughts about Tom Glavine being released from the braves, Smoltz did not seem too impressed, nor do I, I think they could of shown a little more respect, ya I know Tom left them once, but hey, he came back, and was working his way back to the rotation, and Bam!, gone. anyway just wondering what your thoughts were on this subject.

  4. June 13, 2009 1:11 am

    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

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