PHOENIX (AP) Organizers have canceled plans to temporarily put newly elected baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson’s name on a Phoenix freeway, which is permanently named for an Arizona soldier killed in combat during the Iraq war.
Johnson wore No. 51 while playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Gov. Doug Ducey had planned to participate in an event Friday to unveil signage for State Route 51 honoring Johnson.
The Diamondbacks announced the cancellation in a news release late Tuesday, saying concerns expressed by Pfc. Lori Piestewa’s family were understandable.
The team says none of the organizers wanted to pursue the event, noting that Johnson has visited troops overseas and is working with Wounded Warriors.
Johnson’s Hall of Fame induction is scheduled for July 26.