Results tagged ‘ Randy Johnson ’

1/3 Some Jackson trivia

New Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson will wear No. 36. The number apparently has special meaning to the right-hander. Don Newcombe, the first African-American pitcher for the Dodgers, also wore No. 36. According to former Dodgers GM Dan Evans, Jackson selected the number when he played in L.A. Newcombe became a mentor for Jackson at an early stage in his career. Jackson was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round in 2001, and broke into the Majors at the age of 19 in 2003. He appeared in 19 games over three seasons with the Dodgers, and was 6-4 with a 5.50 ERA. Newcombe spent eight seasons with the Dodgers (1949-51 and 1954-58), and won 27 games in 1956.

More Jackson trivia: He won his Major League debut, Sept. 9, 2003, while pitching for the Dodgers against the D-Backs and Randy Johnson, a 4-1 decision in Arizona. That also was Jackson’s 20th birthday.

— Carrie Muskat

A salute & Sosa

Lou Piniella, who was Randy Johnson’s manager in Seattle from 1993-98, planned to contact the left-hander to congratulate him on his 300th win.
“I had the pleasure of seeing him pitch first-hand for seven, eight years in Seattle and it was fun to watch,” Piniella said Friday. “He’s a competitor, great stuff, didn’t like to lose and it’s a tribute to him that he stayed around this long to get his 300th win.”
* Piniella was not in Chicago during Sammy Sosa’s years. Sosa has hinted he will formally announce his retirement soon. Is he a Hall of Famer?
“You look at his numbers, and obviously, they’re Hall of Fame numbers,” Piniella said of the former Cubs right fielder, who holds several team records, and posted three 60-homer seasons (1998, 1999 and 2001). “He had a really prolific home run career. You put his numbers offensively with other people in the Hall of Fame and you’ve got to concur that he belongs.”
— Carrie Muskat