Johnson spent six years with the Diamondbacks from 1999 through 2004, then he returned to the team in 2006, playing another two seasons with the club. His most notable accomplishment with the Diamondbacks came in the 2001 season, when he and fellow starter Curt Schilling paired up to win the National League Championship and upset the New York Yankees in the World Series. Johnson also was the CY Young Award winner that season. He finished that World Series 2-0 and shared MVP honors with Schilling.
Prior to his stint with the Diamondbacks, the power-throwing left-hander spent 10 years with the Seattle Mariners, the only other team he had a real shot at going into the Hall of Fame with. Following his time with Arizona, Johnson spent time with the Yankees and the Giants, but he had most of his success in Arizona.
He retired in 2009 with a 303-166 career record, 4,875 strikeouts and a 3.29 ERA. He was a five-time Cy Young Award winner.
Johnson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame last week, along with John Smoltz, Craig Biggio and Pedro Martinez.
- Jack Jorgensen