Josh Johnson at one time was one of the most talented pitchers in all of baseball, unfortunately injuries cut his career short. On Thursday he called it quits.
According to ESPN, the two-time All-Star retired after several comeback attempts. He finished his career with a 58-45 record, 915 strikeouts and a 3.40 ERA.
Johnson, who played for the Marlins and Blue Jays, enjoyed his best season Cheap Essendon Jerseys in 2010 when he went 11-6 with 186 strikeouts and an NL best 2.30 ERA.
On November 19, 2012, Johnson was part of a massive trade that sent himself, Mark Buehrle, José Reyes, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to the Blue Jays in exchange for Jeff Mathis, Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson álvarez, Yunel Escobar, Jake Marisnick, Anthony DeSclafani, and Justin Nicolino.
Johnson, 32, has not pitched in MLB since 2013. He signed a pair of one-year deals with the Padres for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, but arm troubles kept him from ever making a start.
Before finally retiring, Johnson underwent three separate Tommy John surgeries in his attempt to get back on the mound.
This could be the year this country begins to pay closer attention. The Americans’ roster is as stacked as it has ever been. Giancarlo Stanton, Buster Posey, Nolan Arenado, Andrew McCutchen and Andrew Miller are just some of the players who will wear the U.S. cap this year.
And yet, as those players carry the Stars and Stripes onto the field, maybe it would be fair to remember that this tournament isn’t simply for glory, or for Americans.
It’s for the world. As fans, we should want to share in that.