Randy Johnson, Five-Time Cy Young Award Winner, Announces Retirement

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Randy Johnson Makes It Official, Ends 22-Year Career

On a conference call Tuesday night, Randy Johnson officially ended his Hall of Fame career.

"I really wanted to go out on my terms," Johnson said. "I just feel like there's not a lot more for me to do in this game. I just think it's a natural progression when you play this long. Eventually you have to say it's time."

There really wasn't much more for the Big Unit to accomplish, but Johnson never really worried about that anyways. 

"It's all been a bit of a whirlwind. I never really got caught up in what I did," Johnson said. "I never really dwelled on my achievements. They're nice. Maybe now I'll be able to reflect on them."

Johnson overcame several injuries to keep pitching at a high level into his mid-40s. He said before last season ended that he looked forward to going home to Arizona and spending time with his family before making a decision about his future.

"It's taken this long into January because I definitely wanted to just kind of relax from the season being over and make sure I had a clear head when I made this decision, and that I would be making it wholeheartedly and would be sticking to it," he said.

Johnson was 8-6 with a 4.88 ERA in 17 starts with the Giants in 2009, his final season. 

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