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Cooperstown is set to come alive for another Hall of Fame induction weekend. From July 19-22, festivities will abound in the small upstate New York town that plays host to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The 2019 class is another in a long line of big ones – four players were voted in by the writers, while another two were added by committee. That’s half-a-dozen new players, with the Hall’s first-ever unanimous inductee leading the way.

Longtime Yankees closer Mariano Rivera became the first player to be named on every single ballot, breaking the percentage record of 99.3 set three years ago by Ken Griffey Jr. Rivera is joined by the late Roy Halladay – also in his first year on the ballot – as well as career Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez in his last year of eligibility and longtime starting pitcher Mike Mussina. The two committee additions are Lee Smith and Harold Baines.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 16:23

Hall of Fame surprise for Harold Baines

The Baseball Hall of Fame just got a hell of a lot more inclusive.

The Today’s Game Era committee announced that they have selected two players for inclusion in next year’s Hall of Fame class.

One is Lee Smith, a pitcher who spent a long stretch as the most feared closer in the game. He was the all-time saves leader for a stretch – he’s currently third – and at one point surpassed 50 percent of the vote in the regular BBWAA balloting. He was a unanimous choice of the 16-member committee.

The other is Harold Baines. He was a compiler, the sort of guy you labeled “professional hitter.” He never cleared seven percent on the writers’ ballot and fell off completely after five years.

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