On Tuesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America officially announced its list of Hall of Fame inductees. Four players were on that list: Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina and Edgar Martinez.
Mariano Rivera is one of the best to ever do it, and the BWAA made that abundantly clear by unanimously voting him into the Hall on his first ballot. Thus, Rivera becomes the first player ever to capture 100 percent of the vote. Rivera’s sparkling career stats feature 652 saves, 13 All-Star Game appearances, five Rolaids Relief Awards, five World Series titles, and MVP Awards from an All-Star Game, ALCS, and a World Series. Rivera’s career was summed up by teammate, Derek Jeter, who noted that more people have walked on the moon (12) than have scored off of Rivera in the postseason (11).
Halladay, another first ballot Hall of Famer, will be inducted posthumously, given that he passed away in a plane accident in November 2017. Halladay, aka “Doc,” accumulated 203 wins, a 3.38 ERA, two Cy Young Awards and eight All-Star selections in his 16 year big league career. He also threw both a perfect game, and postseason no hitter in 2010, which is pretty amazing when you think about it.
Mussina, the second New York Yankee pitcher in the 2019 class, received the Hall of Fame nod thanks to his seven Gold Gloves, five All-Star selections, 270 wins and bulldog attitude (typified by this clip) that made him so much fun to watch. Mussina is also the only pitcher (besides Sandy Koufax) to retire after a 20-win season.
Edgar Martinez, one of the game’s greatest designated hitters, earned his trip to the Hall on his tenth and final try. A seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger, Martinez also won a pair of batting titles in 1992 and 1995. He hit .312/.418/.515 (147 OPS+) with 309 home runs over 18 seasons of work. His career stats against the three pitchers in his HoF class also speak to his prowess at the plate: he hit .307 off Mussina, .444 off Halladay and a remarkable .579 off Mo… Talk about ridiculous!
In other news, both Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens once again received marked upticks in voting, though both missed the cutoff for HoF induction. Bonds, the game’s all time home run leader, and Clemens, a 300+ game winner, have been embroiled in controversy due to their association PEDs, though their numbers speak for themselves.
Fred McGriff, Larry Walker, Curt Schilling, Manny Ramirez, Scott Rolen, Gary Sheffield, Andy Pettite, Sammy Sosa and Andruw Jones also received votes, but did not attract the necessary 75 percent for induction.