Remember Randy Johnson, 1995 Mariner
Value over replacement player, 1995
Randy Johnson, 86.3
Jeff Nelson, 35.2
Tim Belcher, 25.6
Edgar Martinez, 102.4 (no, seriously)
Tino Martinez, 26.0
Jay Buhner, 21.6
Ken Griffey, Jr 15.6 (remember, he was out half the year)
Players honored with collectible statues, etc
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Randy Johnson went 18-2 that year. He started thirty games and pitched 214 1/3 innings — over seven innings a start. He threw three shutouts. His ERA in the fricking Kingdome was 2.48. He struck out *294* hitters. That’s still the 66th-best season for strikeouts in baseball history. For K/IP, it’s now #5 — at the time, it was #1. He walked 65. Compared to the performance of the league average pitcher, today’s it’s still one of the best fifty seasons ever.
Edgar had a spectacular season, too, but he gets a statue. Two other guys who had good seasons get statues.
Randy gets nothing. He doesn’t show up much in the highlight clips they show between innings — look, it’s Randy, congratulating someone in the dugout! Or jumping onto a dogpile!
Randy didn’t leave on good terms. I’ve written about that elsewhere, but the why, and what’s behind it, are unimportant. But so did Griffey, fighting with management on his way out as he tried to become a Red. Why does Randy get ignored, when half a season of Griffey warrant a statue?
And whether or not you think that recognizing the success of the 95 team is worthwhile, or a distraction, or what, we can all agree that ignoring the best player on that team is shameful. Randy was good to the Mariners and Seattle in his time here, and deserves better than this.