1995 Awards Randy Johnson – Cy Young Season
He might break the game. Who cares. The most dominant lefty (at least scariest) deserves a card in the game. The biggest issue with him would be figuring out a camera view so that you could actually see the ball whenever you had a left-handed hitter in the box. Johnson was at least 6’10”, threw from a disgusting high sidearm 3/4 slot, and made the ball impossible to pick up.
You just know they would have all kinds of perks associated with him for extra speed, break, and the ability to hide the ball. Imagine trying to hit the ball as an LHB when it is actually starting behind your back.
Oh, and it might end up being a ball away from you as well.
He would be pumping 100-102 in the game, the slider would be 90 mph, and he would need to be incredibly hard to get to avoid people spamming him. They seem to have learned from 2020 to not put anyone too good in right away (anyone remember the 99 Kluber card? AKA Klu-bot), and save them for later on.
The Johnson card could be exactly that. Maybe the AL West collection card, or even the AL complete collection card. Or, something that happens in the 3rd or 4th inning, at least a month after the game has been out.
It’s the card I most want to see in the game, and I think it would be incredibly fun to have on your squad. Even though I know I would end up looking like Kruk and Walker whenever I tried to hit off of him.
I’ll finish it off with some honorable mentions. Former Mariners players that would be fun and interesting to have at some point in MLB The Show 22.