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Mariano Rivera headlines National Baseball Hall of Fame's 2019 class

Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera received 100 percent of the vote to headline the 2019 class for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Four former Major League Baseball players will be forever immortalized in Cooperstown, N.Y. after being elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 2019 class. Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina and Edgar Martinez all reached the necessary threshold of votes to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer.

Five-time World Series Champion closer Mariano Rivera is the first player in Major League history to be unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame, breaking Ken Griffey Jr.'s former record of 99.32 percent of votes received. Rivera currently holds the record for most saves earned by a Major League pitcher with 652.

Longtime Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, who passed away in a plane crash in 2017, will also be enshrined in the Hall of Fame this July. Halladay pitched one of only 23 perfect games in Major League Baseball history.

Edgar Martinez earned a spot in Cooperstown thanks to his illustrious career spent entirely with the Seattle Mariners. Mike Mussina, a former New York Yankee and Baltimore Oriole, received this year's final Hall of Fame spot after appearing on the ballot for the sixth time.







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