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New York - The Baseball Writers Association of America have spoken by officially releasing its 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame results. As expected, four players will be inducted into Cooperstown this July. Yankees legend, closer, Mariano Rivera became the first player to ever be unanimously selected to the Class of 2019. To make it more clear, Rivera is the first player in history to appear on every ballot cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Arguably the greatest relief pitcher in MLB history? I think this makes it pretty official.
Rivera spent his entire career with the Yankees from 1995 through 2013, compiling a Major League record 652 saves while finishing 952 games. His 2.21 ERA and 1.000 WHIP are the lowest in the live-ball era among qualified pitchers.
A 13-time All-Star, Rivera was at his finest when the stakes were the highest. He secured 42 saves and owned a 0.70 ERA in the postseason, celebrating five World Series championships.
Ken Griffey Jr. held the mark for top percentage at 99.32 when he was on 437 of 440 ballots two years ago.
Two other right-handed pitchers, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina, also were elected, Halladay on his first try and Mussina on his sixth. Edgar Martinez, the longtime Seattle Mariners designated hitter, gained entry in his 10th and final year on the ballot. Halladay, a former ace of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, died in a place crash in 2017.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who dominated the game in careers that stretched from the mid-1980s through 2007, were again denied entry in what was the seventh appearance on the ballot for both players.
The players will be inducted to the Hall of Fame on July 21 in Cooperstown, N.Y. along with designated hitter Harold Baines and reliever Lee Smith.