Randy Johnson is a retired American professional baseball player who has a net worth of $115 million. He is popularly known as “The Big Unit”. He was a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks in Major League Baseball (MLB).
Johnson became one of the best pitchers of his time, leading his league in full games played four times, earned run average, winning percentage, and strikeouts nine times. His 303 career wins rank him fifth among left-handers in MLB history in terms of total victories.
Randall David Johnson was born on September 10th, 1963, in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, to Carol Hannah and Rollen Charles “Bud” Johnson. He attended Livermore High School, where he excelled in baseball and basketball.
As a senior in 1982, he struck out 121 batters in 66 innings and pitched a perfect game in his final high school appearance. He also played on a Bercovich team that included great players from all throughout California.
After high school, he was drafted in the fourth round of the 1982 MLB draft by the Atlanta Braves. Instead, Johnson was awarded a full athletic scholarship to play baseball at the University of Southern California. He also played basketball for two years at USC.
- Johnson agreed to a $52.4 million, four-year deal with a fifth-year option with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1999.
- In 2003, Johnson agreed to a 33 million dollar, two-year contract deal with the Arizona D-Backs.
- Johnson signed a $22 million, two-year contract with the New York Yankees in 2005.
- Johnson then agreed to a two-year contract with New York that will pay him a total of $32 million in 2006 and 2007.
- Johnson signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants in 2008 for an estimated $8 million, with an additional $2.5 million in performance and award bonuses available.
Johnson was selected by the Montreal Expos in the second round of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft for the second time. At the time, Johnson was the tallest player in MLB history, at 6 ft 10 in. In 1988, he made his major league debut and was traded to the Seattle Mariners the following year.
Johnson led the American League in walks for three straight seasons (1990-1992) after joining the Mariners during the 1989 season, and he hit batters in 1992 and 1993. Johnson joined the Houston Astros for the 1998 season after nine years with the Mariners.
He was important in their second consecutive National League Central division victory. The Arizona Diamondbacks signed Johnson to a four-year, $52.4 million contract with an option for the fifth year in 1999.
In the team’s fourth season, he guided them to a World Series triumph over the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks traded Johnson to the New York Yankees in January 2005 for Javier Vázquez, Brad Halsey, Dioner Navarro, and cash.
Due to injury and family issues, the Yankees sent Johnson back to the Diamondbacks in 2007 for a package that included Luis Vizcano, Albert González, Steven Jackson, and Ross Ohlendorf. Johnson spent a year with the San Francisco Giants before retiring from baseball in 2010.
Johnson has been quite active off the field. In fact, he has continued to pursue his lifelong passion for photography since his retirement. He stated on the biography page of his website that he studied photography when he was a baseball player for USC and that after he gave up playing baseball, he was finally able to turn his attention back to it.
In addition to spending his time with his family and photography, he has made a number of appearances in movies and TV shows, with Little Big League, The Simpsons, and Franklin & Bash being the most notable.
He was named Special Assistant to Arizona’s Derrick Hall, the president of his old team, at the beginning of 2015. Additionally, he has appeared in a number of commercials for brands like Right Guard, Nike, MLB 2K9, GEICO, and Pepsi Max.
Honors and Achievements
- Johnson was an All-Star ten times (1990, 1993–1995, 1997, 1999–2002, 2004).
- In 2001, Johnson has crowned the World Series champion.
- Johnson won the Cy Young Award five times (1995, 1999–2002).
- In 2001, Johnson was voted World Series MVP.
- Johnson was also awarded the Triple Crown in 2002.
- Johnson was named MLB’s all-time wins leader in 2002.
- Johnson has been named the ERA leader 4 times. (1995, 1999, 2001, 2002).
- Johnson was named the strikeout leader with 9 strikes (1992–1995, 1999–2002, 2004).
- Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks No. 51, retired after pitching a perfect game on May 18, 2004 and a no-hitter on June 2, 1990.
- Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Seattle Mariners.
- Johnson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 with 97.3% of the voting, the third-highest percentage among pitchers of all time.
- Johnson was formally inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in 2015.
Johnson and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Sammy, Tanner, Willow, and Alexandria. He also has a daughter from a prior relationship, Heather Renee Roszell.
Johnson has traveled with the United Service Organizations on more than 40 occasions. He also supports initiatives to fight homelessness and has earned the 2019 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Hall of Fame honoree in recognition of all his humanitarian work.
Johnson and his wife purchased the Arizona mansion in 2003 for $2.7 million and listed it for $25 million in 2014. It took him five years to sell his Arizona property, which he eventually sold at auction for a heavily discounted $14.5 million in 2018.
The huge Paradise Valley mansion has seven bedrooms, 12 baths, a fire pole between the first and second floors, a 20-seat home theater, and a music room with a recording studio.
Johnson also owned a 5,500 sq ft Mediterranean-style home in Orange County for $2,300,000 in 1991, which he sold in 2016 for $6.25 million.
Randy Johnson Net Worth
As of 2023, Randy Johnson’s net worth is estimated to be around $115 million. His salary alone earned him nearly $175 million during his career. Additionally, he made millions more through endorsements.
He subsequently changed careers and became a wildlife photographer after leaving baseball, and the logo for his website depicts a dead bird. He has also amassed millions of dollars from film and television appearances, commercials, and public appearances.