Mariano Rivera And 3 Others Elected To MLB Hall of Fame
The only thing more automatic than Mariano Rivera getting elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot was Rivera on the mound with a lead in the ninth inning. On Tuesday the longtime New York Yankees closer got the call to Cooperstown with record-setting support from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Rivera was named on 425 of 425 ballots, a stunning 100% of the vote, surpassing the previous mark of 99.3% received by Ken Griffey Jr. in 2016.
A total of four players were elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA, with the late Roy Halladay, designated hitter Edgar Martinez and pitcher Mike Mussina also surpassing the necessary 75% to receive induction to Cooperstown.
Rivera getting in has long been seen as a forgone conclusion, after a 19-year career with the Yankees that saw him dominate opposing hitters with a single pitch, but a devastating one at that. Rivera and his cutter posted a minuscule 2.21 ERA and a record 652 saves.
After a rookie season that saw the Panamanian right-hander split time between starting and relief, Rivera found his permanent home in the bullpen in 1996, serving as a fireman reliever for the first of five World Series championships with the Yankees. A model of consistency, Rivera in his final 18 seasons posted an ERA of 2.16 or lower 14 times.
In the postseason is where Rivera was at his most ruthlessly efficient, with a record 42 saves and a mind-boggling 0.70 ERA — yes, starting with a zero — in 141 innings