Randy Johnson announced he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Johnson played for several teams during his 22-year career in the major league. "The Big Unit" told D-backs President Derrick Hall he chose to wear the Diamondbacks’ hat on his Hall of Fame plaque.
He played in Arizona for six years where he won four Cy Young Awards, a World Series Ring and also threw a perfect game for the team. He has many reasons to enter the Hall of Fame as D-back, but he also spent 10 years with the Mariners before getting traded to the Astros.
Although Johnson has more starts, wins and innings as a member of the Seattle Mariners, his time with the D-backs seems to have had a bigger impact on him, the city and the organization. He will be the first player to go into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Diamondbacks. The team plans to retire his number later this year.
"I couldn't be happier," Hall told MLB.com. "It's a combination of Randy and the Hall of Fame. They get together and talk about what makes most sense. Obviously he had options. Seattle might have made some sense, Montreal. He talks about Houston, although he was there the shortest, he had some of his best days there. I actually think he was highly decorated in Arizona and that those were his best years. I think it's only fitting that our first Hall of Famer is Randy Johnson."
His options also included what hall of famers Gregg Maddux and Tony La Russa did last year. Both chose to enter the Hall of Fame without a logo, as they thought their time with different clubs were just as important to them.
The induction ceremony will take place July 26 in Cooperstown, where Johnson will be joined by John Smoltz, Craig Biggio and Pedro Martinez in the Hall of Fame class of 2015.
Johnson going in as a D-back also opens the door for Ken Griffey Jr. to be the first Mariner to enter the Hall of Fame, if he chooses to.