Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson will still bruise you with his fastball

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Randy Johnson voted into Hall of Fame
Friday January 9th, 2015

This past week former MLB pitcher Randy Johnson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2015. Throughout the illustrious history of the game of baseball, few pitchers had the type of velocity on their fastball that "The Big Unit" did. 

But now that he's retired how much bite can possibly be left on that fastball of his at the ripe age of 51?

Johnson responded to a fan's question by saying that there's still enough power left on his heater to put a nice mark on your body. 

• Randy Johnson's photography site uses a dead bird as its logo

That answer is good enough for me, because I certainly don't have the guts to test this theory. If you do, more power to you then. 

In his 22-year career, Johnson struck out an eye-popping 4,875 batters, many with that fastball. Quite frankly, he could probably add to that number to this day if he really wanted to, especially if he believes he can injure a batter.

Diamondbacks will retire Randy Johnson's number this year

Jack Jorgensen

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