Friday, July 22, 2011

Vote now for former All-Star pitcher Johnson

By Anthony Fenech / | 07/22/11

PHOENIX -- Randy Johnson has received Cy Young Award votes.

He's received All-Star votes, MVP votes and one day, he will receive Hall-of-Fame votes.

Now, the retired left-hander needs your vote to get elected to the Pepsi Max Field of Dreams "Dream Team."

The Pepsi Max Field of Dreams campaign has nominated three all-time greats at each position, from catcher to reliever, and the leading vote-getters at each position will be selected to the "Dream Team."

From now through Aug. 31, vote up to 25 times a day for these living legends and help create the Pepsi MAX Field of Dreams Team. For each ballot cast, you will be entered to win a chance to take on the winning "Dream Team" with 10 of your friends on your home turf next spring, surrounded by family, friends and media.

The more you vote, the better a chance you have of winning the sweepstakes.

Johnson, whose 4,875 strikeouts stands second all-time, pitched 22 big league seasons -- including eight in Arizona -- and won five Cy Young Awards and was named to the All-Star team 10 times.

He won 303 games, compiled a career ERA of 3.29 and shared World Series MVP honors while delivering the D-backs their only World Series title in 2001.

In 2004, he pitched a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves, striking out 13 batters in recording the 17th perfect game in Major League Baseball history.

After beginning his career with the Montreal Expos, Johnson was traded to Seattle, where he pitched 10 seasons and established himself as one of the best pitchers in baseball with the Mariners.

He was traded midseason to the Astros in 1998 and signed as a free agent with the D-backs the following off-season.

The lanky left-hander pitched six seasons in Arizona, and was traded to the Yankees, pitched two seasons in New York before being returned to the D-backs via trade and finishing up his career as a member of the Giants. He pitched until he was 45 years old and retired after the 2009 season with the highest strikeouts per nine innings ratio at 10.6.

He is up against Phillies right-hander Steve Carlton and Braves right-hander Greg Maddux.

Four fan finalists will be announced in September and will vie for votes to determine whose team will play the legends in their hometown.

The winner will be announced during the MLB postseason.

So what are you waiting for? Cast your ballots now, start building your all-time dream team now and you could end up playing against them in your own backyard!

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