Chicago Cubs fans were able to cheer this afternoon in light of Andre Dawson finally earning his way into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. 77 percent of the Baseball Writers of America voted him on, leading him past the minimum qualifications by just two percent. “It was well worth the wait. I can’t really describe the elation,” said Dawson. “If you’re a Hall of Famer, eventually you’re going to get in, no matter how long it takes.”
Dawson will join former manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey in this year’s ceremonies. Pitcher Bert Blyleven and Robbie Alomar missed by a few votes each. The Hall of Fame will later decide whether Dawson’s plaque should have him represent the Cubs or Expos.
In other MLB news, Randy Johnson officially announced his retirement after 22 thrilling and memorable years of baseball. The future Hall of Famer will certainly go down as one of the greatest left-handed pitchers to ever play the game. Over the course of his career he racked up a total of 4,875 strikeouts, ranking him second all-time behind Nolan Ryan. The Big Unit will be eligible for the Hall in 2015.