Well, the girls are frisky in old ‘Frisco. A pretty little chick wherever you go. And I walk and they walk. I twist and they twist. I shimmy and they shimmy. I fly and they fly. We’re out there having fun in the warm California sun. -Ramones
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Reggie Jackson once said this: “Every hitter likes fastballs just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don’t like it when someone’s stuffing it into you by the gallon” And that’s how it feels when Randy Johnson is throwing balls by you. Last night, Randy Johnson served up that ice cream for his 300th win. Here’s some fun little facts about the ever elusive 300 win plateau:
- Randy Johnson recorded his 300th career win on his first attempt. Each of the previous six pitchers to notch their 300th win took more than one start (Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan, Don Sutton, Phil Niekro).
- But each of the three to join before that won #300 on their first try (Tom Seaver, Steve Carlton, Gaylord Perry).
- Johnson had only 64 wins at the time of his 30th birthday. The only member of the 300-win club with fewer wins before turning 30 is Phil Niekro (31).
- Johnson and Cy Young are the only members of the 300-win club to also throw a perfect game.
- Eleven of the 24 men to win 300 games reached the milestone before 1925.
- 10 others have done so since 1982.
- Only three pitchers reached 300 wins between 1925 and 1981: Lefty Grove, Warren Spahn and Wynn.
So who’s next? Here are the active career wins leaders among pitchers under 40, under 35, under 30 and under 25:
Under 40: Andy Pettitte (220), Bartolo Colon (153), Livan Hernandez (151).
Under 35: Livan Hernandez (151), Tim Hudson (146), Kevin Millwood (146).
Under 30: CC Sabathia (122), Jon Garland (110), Carlos Zambrano (99).
Under 25: Felix Hernandez (44), Chad Billingsley (42), Matt Cain (37).
During the height of the steroid era, Randy Johnson was the most dominant pitcher in baseball. During the height of the steroid era, when batters were putting up record setting numbers, Randy Johnson was putting up some pretty impressive numbers of his own. So this baseball season try to catch Randy Johnson whenever you can. You’ll be catching a legend. You’ll be catching history.
*Randy Johnson’s Road To 300, Every Mullet And Mustache Along The Way* (No Guts No Glory)
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!