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A five-time Cy Young Award winner, Johnson won the NL Cy Young from 1999-2002 with Arizona.
The Big Unit was co-MVP with Curt Schilling in the 2001 World Series victory over the New York Yankees. He went 21-6 with a 2.49 ERA and 372 strikeouts that year.
Johnson has 4,789 strikeouts, second to Nolan Ryan on the career list, and pitched a perfect game.
Johnson came back for a second stint with the Diamondbacks in 2007 after a trade with the Yankees. He underwent the third back surgery of his career that year.
In January 2005, the Diamondbacks traded him to the Yankees. Johnson and his family have long made their home in the Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley.
"Randy will miss the overwhelming support the fans have shown him throughout the years," his agents said. "He wishes the Diamondbacks great success in 2009 and beyond."
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