For the first time in Major League Baseball history all time saves leader and New York Yankees great, Mariano Rivera, was voted unanimously into the Baseball Hall of Fame by sports writers. Rivera had a record 652 saves in his career and helped the Yanks win five World Series titles in his 19 seasons.
For entry into the Hall, a player needs at least 75% of the vote. That's a number that's proven very elusive for some. Players mired in controversy from MLB's steroid era like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons both walked away with only 59% of the vote. That's an increase for both from previous years, yet still far from the 75% goal.
Along with Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and deceased pitcher, Roy Halladay, who piloted a plane that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico in 2017, completes this years class. The Major League Baseball induction ceremony is set for Sunday July 21st in Cooperstown, New York.