Hey baseball fans!
The members of the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced on January 22 and I couldn't be more excited to see who gets in. This post will be an overview of the most interesting names on the ballot, while my next post will be a prediction of who gets in this year.
We've seen some previews of some of the ballots that have already been filled out, so although Mariano Rivera won't get in unanimously, he's going to set some records for Hall of Fame percentages. The all-time leader in saves appears on the ballot for the first time in 2019 and there is no doubt in my mind that he won't get at least 90%. Say what you want about closers, but here's my favorite Mariano Rivera stat: more people have walked on the moon then have scored on an earned run given up by the Sandman in the postseason. That, right there, is dominance.
Cooperstown is always the most selective of the major sports' Hall of Fames, so this class won't be as big as some people would maybe like to see, but that doesn't mean that the 2019 class will be restricted to just Rivera. Roy Halladay made eight All Star Games and won two Cy Young awards during his 16-year career with the Blue Jays and Phillies, Todd Helton is arguably the most well-liked member of the Colorado Rockies in the team's short history and batted .316 lifetime, and Lance Berkman's mix of power and contact puts him in a great spot ahead of January 22.
The Rest of the First-Timers
Roy Oswalt, Miguel Tejada, and Michael Young didn't play long enough, Andy Pettitte took performance-enhancing drugs and admitted to it, and Rick Ankiel was going to be one of the best pitchers in baseball until he pulled a Ruth and switched to a hitter. Other first-timers include Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells, Jason Bay, and Travis Hafner.
It's his last year on the ballot, for Pete's sake! Put him in already!
I have never been the biggest Mike Mussina Hall of Fame advocate, mostly because of his 3.68 career ERA, but playing in an always-tough AL East and winning 270 career games certainly helps his case. He got 63.5% of the vote in 2018, so maybe he'll get pushed over the required 75% in 2019.
As for Sosa, Bonds, and Clemens...
We'll have to wait and see.
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