Four Inducted in 2019 HOF Class- Rivera Makes History

Big news baseball fans! The 2019 Hall of Fame class for Major League Baseball is fresh off the press and released the members that will make their way to Cooperstown this coming July.   

Tampa Bay Rays v New York YankeesMariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, and Edgar Martinez are all making their way to central New York to live every baseball players dream of joining the best of the best at the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.   

All of these guys deserve this prestigious honor due to their hard work, dedication, and love for the game of baseball, however, one guy, made history in the process.  

Mariano Rivera became baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Fame inductee.  Out of the 425 ballots, 425 baseball writers voted for Mo. The second highest percentage of ballots prior was Ken Griffey Jr. who received 99.32 % of the votes back in 2016.   

It was believed by everyone before the voting that Mo had the chance to be the 1st to get 100%, And rightfully so.  When you take a look at Mo’s stats and accolades you double take for a second and think to yourself, was this real life? Or are these video game numbers?  

 Rivera posted an all-time leading 652 saves in his career (42 of those being in the post-season), a career ERA of 2.21 ( 0.70 in the postseason), was a 5-Time World Series Champ and appeared 13 All Star games. 

Mariano was the leagues most feared closer over his 19-year career and there’s nothing but good things to say about the Yankee legend. His Enter Sandman walk out song was iconic, his cutter was devastating, and his game was filled class and respect.   

 Mo will be reunited with a former Yankee legend in Mike Mussina.  “Moose” as they call him had a stellar 18-year career, notching seven gold gloves, five All Star Game appearances, and 270 wins.  

Roy Halladay also had his named called in the 2019 Hall of Fame induction, although, it won’t be as joyous as one would expect.  Halladay passed away back in 2017.  However, there is nothing but good things to say about the two-time Cy Young award winner who is much deserving of this honor.  Halladay will be remembered for his dominance on the mound as he won 203 games and had eight All Star game appearances.   

Last but defiantly not least is the lone hitter of the bunch, Edgar Martinez.  Martinez is known to be the greatest DH of all time. Martinez batted .312 over his 18-year career while hitting 309 home runs and adding seven All Star Game appearances to his resume.  

These four baseball legends earned their rightful place in Major Baseball Hall of Fame and now go down in history with the prestigious honor of beings one of the greatest players to ever live!

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