06/21/2010 9:30 PM ET
D-backs reveal Johnson, Gonzalez as first members of Legends Race
Remaining two D-backs Legends Race participants to be named tomorrow & Wednesday
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez are the first two participants in the D-backs Legends Race, presented by Henkel, that will debut at the end of the fifth inning when the team hosts the Los Angeles Dodgers for a 6:40 p.m. game at Chase Field on July 2. The new between-inning promotion will continue following the fifth inning of every home game for the remaining home games this season and beyond.
Similar to the Presidents Race at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. and the Sausage Race at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the D-backs Legends Race will feature Johnson and Gonzalez and two other former players that will be named tomorrow and Wednesday on FOX Sports Arizona's pre-game show. The Legends will become mascots of the organization and run in a race that will start near the right field foul pole and continue on the warning track until the finish line at the on-deck circle near the D-backs dugout. The four D-backs legends will be 10-foot tall men in uniform with large foam heads that will resemble the players who have made a significant contribution to the organization on the field.
After an eight-season stint with the D-backs from 1999-2004 and 2007-08, Johnson is the franchise's all-time leader in nearly every pitching category. Johnson leads all D-backs' pitchers in wins (118), strikeouts (2,077), complete games (38), innings pitched (1,630.1), games started (232), ERA (2.83) and shutouts (14). The left-hander won an unprecedented four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1999-2002 and represented Arizona in the All-Star Game from 1999-2002 and 2004. Johnson set the club record with 20 strikeouts in a game on May 8, 2001 against Cincinnati, threw the only perfect game in franchise history on May 18, 2004 in Atlanta and shared World Series MVP and Sports Illustrated "Sportsmen of the Year" honors with Curt Schilling following the D-backs' World Championship season in 2001.
Overall, Johnson compiled a 303-166 record with a 3.29 ERA and 4,875 strikeouts for six teams during a 22-year career from 1988-2009. His 4,875 strikeouts are second all-time behind Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Johnson also became the 24th Major League pitcher to record 300 wins when he defeated the Nationals, 5-1, as a member of the Giants in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 2009.
Gonzalez is the franchise's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category after an eight-year stint with the D-backs from 1999-2006. Gonzalez leads all D-backs' players in games played (1,194), hits (1,337), doubles (310), home runs (224), walks (650), runs (780), RBI (774), at-bats (4,488), total bases (2,373), slugging percentage (.529) and on-base percentage (.391). The outfielder represented Arizona in the All-Star Game in 1999, 2001-03 and 2005 and is most remembered for hitting a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series to give the D-backs their first World Championship.
Gonzalez compiled a .283 batting average, 2,591 hits, 354 home runs and 1,439 RBI for six teams during a 19-year career from 1990-2008. With his 596 career doubles ranking 15th in baseball history, he is one of only 17 players in Major League history to collect at least 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 350 home runs and 1,000 RBI.
After the July 2 game, the D-backs mascots will greet fans before games at the main rotunda entrance of Chase Field and pose for photos in the St. Joseph's Hospital Sandlot on the upper level after the legends race through the end of the game. For more information about the D-backs Legends Race, presented by Henkel, go to dbacks.com/legends.