Randy Johnson is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who, during his 22 seasons in the league, won the World Series and twice distinguished himself as the MVP of the World Series. He joined MLB in 1988 and by 2009, when he retired, he had already played for different teams such as the New York Yankees, the Arizona Diamondback and the San Francisco Giants, where he took his retirement.
Randy Johnson Biography and Age
The former MLB star was born Randall DavidJohnson on September 10, 1963 in Walnut Creek, California. While his father, Rollen Charles Johnson was a police officer, his mother, Carol Hannah, was a homemaker and he was raised alongside five siblings.
As a child, Randy Johnson developed an interest in sports as he was already an excellent basketball and baseball player at Livermore High School. Before that, he played baseball in their garage.
After graduating from high school, Johnson had the option of being part of the Atlanta Brave who drafted him in 1982 and was willing to offer him. $50,000 to sign or go to college as he was offered a full athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California. He took the last and then played basketball for college.
In 1985, he was selected by the Montreal Expos but it wasn’t until 1988 that he made his debut in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. A year later he joined the Seattle Mariners with whom he remained until 1998 when he joined the Houston Astros and only spent one season. The Big Unit as he was nicknamed then moved to the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he remained until 2004, before joining the New York Yankees before leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006. Finally, Randy joined the San Giants Francisco in 2008 before retiring in 2009. .
Inasmuch as many believe that Randy Johnson always had a perfect career because everything he achieved is not true. In his early days with the Montreal Expos, he had his own struggles especially with his movement due to his size. However, he was spotted by baseball great Nolan Ryan who decided to help him with his mechanics.
What’s more, it was Randy’s father who was very supportive of the death of his son, who died suddenly on Christmas Day in 1992, following an aortic aneurysm. His death, however, helped the baseball player to have more determination and open up to a career he then thought was uncertain. More so, it led him to become a born-again Christian.
After retiring in 2000, Randy Johnson worked as a photographer and in 2015 the Arizona Diamondbacks made him a special assistant to the team president.
Looking back at his career, Randy had a 303-166 win-loss record and a 3.29 earned average while he had 4.875 strikeouts. He also won 10 All-Stars, won 5 Cy Young Awards, 4 ERA leaders, 9 forwards and he became the World Series MVP in 2001, the same year he won the championship. In 2015, he was inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame.
Randy Johnson, World Series MVP and Champion He accomplished a lot in his MLB career which spanned 22 seasons during which he rose to fame and wealth. It is thanks to this that he now has an estimated net worth of $95 million.
Johnson has benefited greatly from his baseball career, which alone has earned him a salary of over $175 million.
Johnson has been married to Lisa Wielof since 1993. The couple first met at a charity event in 1988. Since then they have remained close and their family has grown with their children; Sammy, Tanner, Willow and Alexandria, born in 1994, 1996, 1998 and 1999 respectively.
Before marrying his wife, Randy JohnsonHeather Renee Roszell was born in 1989. Two of her daughters, Lexi Johnson and Willow Johnson, are volleyball players.
One of the major issues Randy reportedly faced as a baseball player was his height. Standing at an impressive height of 6 feet 10 inches, Randy Johnson is one of the tallest players of all time. It was thanks to this height that he once played basketball, albeit not at the professional level.