Agent Barry Meister won't give confirmation, but according to Ken Rosenthal:
Randy Johnnson to retire. Conference call moved to tonight to avoid conflict with Hall of Fame announcement tomorrow.
Johnson, who turned 46 in September, will close out his 4135.1-inning career with the highest strikeout rate in baseball history, a figure he accumulated despite seldom facing a same-handed hitter.
Being that I've never lived in Seattle and didn't get to start watching the Edgar Martinez, Alex Rodriguez, and Ken Griffey Jr., Randy was always my favorite. On the rare occasion that I was able to watch him on TV or hear him on the radio, he evoked a feeling I've never felt with any other athlete - the feeling of certainty that he will succeed, right now, and there's nothing anyone can do about it. Against Randy, batters were helpless. They weren't at a disadvantage, or up against it, or facing long odds. They were helpless.regularly until 2004, I'll leave the farewell speech to someone else. I don't think I'm qualified. But I will say that, for however much good has been done by
"Dominance" is a funny thing. People talk about it all the time, but when pressed, no one can offer a definition. This is because no one's been able to put Randy into words.
One of the side benefits of going back and watching Game 5 last night is that I got to hear the ovation when Randy came in from the bullpen. Tonight, if you have the video, I recommend you do the same. Listen to the crowd in the ninth when he enters the game. Listen to the crowd in the ninth when he shuts down a rally. Listen to the crowd in the tenth when he strikes out the side. And listen to the crowd in the eleventh after he gives up a run. Listen to the crowd and then try to tell me that one man, and one man alone, was able to save baseball in Seattle.
Randy Johnson was a player, a phenomenon, and everything in between. Baseball will always have a number of stars, but today it loses one of its only true icons.
Thanks for the memories, RJ.