Roy Halladay leads Cooperstown Class of 2019

The Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown) has announced it Class of 2019 inductees.

Those elected to the Hall of Fame are:

Roy Halladay.  Roy Halladay was a starting pitcher from 1998 to 2013 and pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies.  He had a 203-105 record with 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts.  He played for the Blue ays from 1998 to 2009, and then for the Phillies from 2010-2013.  He would come within one out of throwing a no hitter in his second career start on the last day of the 1998 season with the Blue Jays but would go on to become the first pitcher in major league history to throw a perfect game and a no hitter in the same season while with the Phillies in 2010.  The perfect game came on May 29th, and he would pitch a no hitter in the first game of the National League Divisional Series – only the second time a pitcher threw a no hitter in the postseason (the other being a perfect game in 1956.)  After the end of the 2013 season, Halladay would retire from baseball but not before signing a one day contract with the Blue Jays so he could retire as a Blue Jay.  Halladay was an eight time All-Star, two time Cy Young winner, and two time MLB wins leader.  He won the Cy Young with both the Blue Jays and the Phillies, and is one of only six pitchers to win a Cy Young award in both the American League and the National League.

Edgar Martínez.  Edgar Martínez was a third baseman and designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners between 1987 and 2004.  He was a seven time All-Star and two time American League Batting Champion.  Martínez had a lifetime batting average of .312 with 2,247 hits (302 of which were homeruns), and 1,261 RBI.

Mariano Rivera.  Mariano Rivera became the first player in the history of baseball to be elected to the Hall of Fame with 100% of the votes.  Rivera played 18 seasons with the New York Yankees and was their closer.  He is a five time World Series Champion and 13 time All-Star.  He was the World Series MVP in 1999 and ALCS MVP in 2003.  Rivera had a career record of 82-60 with 652 saves and 1,173 strikeouts.  His 652 saves are an MLB record.  Rivera was the last player to wear #42 after the MLB retired the number.  Rivera is also a five time AL Rolaids Relief Man award winner, three time delivery man of the year, and three time MLB saves leader.

Mike Mussina.  Mike Mussina played 17 years for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees as a pitcher.  He had a lifetime record of 270–153 with 2,813 strikeouts and a 3.68 ERA.  He led baseball in wins in 1995 and was five time All-Star and seven time Gold Glove winner.

 

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