The Greatest Player in Every MLB Franchise’s History


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Arizona Diamondbacks

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Randy Johnson

Nicknamed Big Unit because of his towering 6’10” frame on the mound, Randy Johnson is arguably the best left-handed pitcher of all time. In fact, no other lefty in MLB history has more strikeouts than Johnson with his 4,875 career strikeouts. With Arizona, the flamethrower won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards and struck out 300-plus hitters from 1999-2002. Johnson was named co-MVP of the 2001 World Series alongside teammate Curt Schilling. Facing the Yankees on the big stage, Johnson went 3-0, allowing only two earned runs in 17.1 innings with 19 strikeouts.

Perhaps the most clutch moment of Johnson’s career came in Game 7 of the World Series. After starter Curt Schilling was pulled in the eighth inning, trailing 2-1, Johnson relieved Schilling and retired all four Yankees he faced. This outing came after Johnson had thrown 104 pitches in a win the previous day. Arizona scored two runs in the ninth inning, which gave Johnson his third win of the series. The southpaw finished his career with the D-Backs 118-62 with a 2.83 ERA. He is the franchise leader in strikeouts (2,077), wins (118), ERA (2.83), complete games (38) and shutouts (14).