MLB announces 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees


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Mariano Rivera headlines the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees with unanimous voting.

As the new Baseball Hall of Famers were named, let’s take a moment to look through each of their outstanding careers and why their legacies will forever be remembered alongside other baseball greats.

Mariano Rivera

The famed closer of the New York Yankees became the first-ever player unanimously elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame this past Tuesday on 425 of 425 ballots. Rivera enters the Hall of Fame as the first Panamanian pitcher and on his first year of eligibility.

Rivera was the model for consistency over his 19-year career with the Yankees, ending with a posted ERA of 2.21 in over 1,115 games played. No other song put fear into the hearts of opposing playoff teams other than “Enter Sandman”, Rivera’s signature entrance song from the bullpen. Rivera would post a record 42 saves in the playoffs, with an impressive 0.70 ERA in 141 innings. His 652 career saves stand as a MLB record.

Roy Halladay

Widely considered one of the most dominate and masterful of his craft, the late Roy “Doc” Halladay was ushered into the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame. Halladay won a Cy Young Award with the Blue Jays, who he played with from 1998-2009. He went to two All-Star games, and won a Cy Young with the Phillies over his final four seasons.

Halladay finished his career with 203 wins, 2,117 strikeouts and eight All-Star appearances. Halladay tragically passed away in May 2017 while flying his plane. Halladay’s wife, Brandy, told reporters he would not have a logo for the Phillies or Blue Jays on his plaque because of both franchises’ impact on his life.

Edgar Martinez

It took 10 long years of waiting and wondering, but one of the greatest designated hitters to play the game is headed at last to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Martinez, who spent his entire 18-year Major League career with the Mariners, joins his former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. as the only two members of the Hall of Fame to represent their team.

Martinez would rack up seven All-Star appearances, two American League batting titles and five Silver Slugger Awards. Martinez pioneered the position of the designated hitter, as he was one of the first DH’s in time when the position was in its infancy. Today the award for the MLB’s best DH is named in honor of Martinez.

Mike Mussina

Mussina was, as Yogi Berra would say, consistently consistent. Over the course of his 18 year career, “The Moose”, would spend 10 years with the Baltimore Orioles and another eight with the New York Yankees. Mussina would retire in 2008 after recording 270 wins, leaving in his path a dominating career marked with his reputation of being one of the smartest pitchers to grace the mound.

Mussina has 270 wins, five All-Star appearances and a sturdy 83 Wins Above Replacement (greater than Nolan Ryan and Tom Glavine) to his credit. His approach and delivery was one that hadn’t been seen before and was mixed with his deep-pitch repertoire; Mussina was a presence.