On June 4th of this year, Randy Johnson took the mound for a game against the Washington Nationals needing just one win for his 300th career victory, a milestone that only 24 major league pitchers in history have accomplished. Johnson pitched six innings, giving up just two hits and zero earned runs putting another “W” on the resume and cementing his legacy as one of the best pitchers ever to play. Many baseball know-it-alls subsequently wondered if he may be the last pitcher to ever reach the magic number of 300 wins. Baseball is different these days: Limited pitch counts; Managers being over-protective of young phenoms; Bullpens playing a bigger role in the outcome of games; Pitchers being pulled in close games; Pitching on 5 or more days rest. The thought was that there woul ...
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