Randy Johnson, The "Big Unit" Looks for One More

Cassie KoliasCorrespondent IDecember 7, 2008

That big (literally) former Livermoron, Randy Johnson is still playing baseball? What, really?

The Livermore native, currently on the free-agent market, is shopping for clubs to notch his 300th win with. Johnson, who turned 45 in September, is one of the oldest starters still playing in the Majors.

A few ball clubs are interested in picking up the future Hall of Famer for the 2009 season, but could this be the end for the "Big Unit," or will he keep on pitching on? Either way, he needs to stop while he is ahead, which is now.

Johnson has had a Hall of Fame career, starting back in 1988 when he pitched for the Seattle Mariners. He has spent time with not only the Mariners, but also with the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and back to the D-Backs in 2007. He is a five-time Cy Young winner, a Co-MVP of the World Series in 2001, and a 10-time All Star.

Wouldn't that be enough to call it a day?

Not for Randy Johnson.

Sure, he can still dominate on a pitching mound, still deadly and just as much intimidating as his younger years, but he should stop there while he is ahead. He has nothing to prove to anyone.

Rather than letting himself keep dipping slowly and fall into mediocrity, he should call it a career; a great one at that.

But instead, rumors are buzzing that the "Big Unit" could spend some time with the Cubs or the Dodgers.

Johnson told the Oakland Tribune in July that the end was near. It doesn't seem like it is that near, especially if the Cubs and Dodgers want him. If the Cubs or Dodgers sign the "Big Unit," it would most likely be a one-year deal and they may consider putting him in the bull-pen to close or just for relief.

It's time to quit, Mr. Johnson.

If Johnson retires or not, you could still say he's got it. Fancy getting hit by a 95 mph fastball dealt by the "Big Unit," go ask the dove he caused to explode earlier this year how it feels. Not too good, one would imagine.

Leave the Majors and come back to Livermore, Randy Johnson. You know you want to.
You'll always be our baseball hometown hero.