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article imageMLB: 'Big Unit' Randy Johnson set to retire

By Matt Harding     Jan 5, 2010 in Sports
After 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, Randy Johnson, the 46-year-old left-handed pitcher, is leaving the game he loves most.
The aptly nicknamed 'Big Unit' made the announcement of his retirement Tuesday on a conference call.
"I really wanted to go out on my terms," Johnson said. "I just feel like there's not a lot more for me to do in this game. I just think it's a natural progression when you play this long. Eventually you have to say it's time."
A five-time Cy Young Award winner and the 24th pitcher to win 300 games, Johnson isn't joking when he says there's not much more for him to do for baseball.
Johnson is also a World Series champion holding co-MVP honors; he was a 10-time All-Star. He also threw two no-hitters, including a perfect game.
The overpowering 6-foot-10 Johnson finishes with a career record of 303-166 and 4,875 strikeouts in 4,135 1/3 innings for Montreal, Seattle, Houston, Arizona, the New York Yankees and San Francisco. His strikeouts are the most by any left-hander in the history of baseball.
Even non-baseball fans recognize Johnson as the "bird killer" as shown by the video above.
The soon-to-be retired Johnson isn't anything but a first ballot Hall of Famer.
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