The Baseball Writers Association of America voted four new members into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina were the latest baseball superstars to join the prestigious “club.”
Rivera, the former Yankees closer became the first-ever unanimous vote into the Hall. Ken Griffey Jr. previously owned the highest vote percentage before Rivera took over. Back in 2016, the “kid” received 99.3% of the votes. Three voters kept him off their ballot.
Edgar Martinez was on the ballot for the final year. He took in nearly 86% of the votes. Just four years ago, he took in only 27%. Roy Halladay, who passed away in a plane accident in 2017 off the Gulf of Mexico picked up 85.4% of the votes, which put him in as a first ballot Hall of Famer. Mussina grabbed just shy of 77% of the votes. It takes 75% to get in.
Some notables that did not get in include Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, and Barry Bonds. Schilling picked up 61% of the votes, while Clemens and Bonds were at 59.5 and 59.1% respectively. Those were both increases from a season ago. These two are commonly associated with the steroid era which has tainted their legacy and chances of getting into the Hall of Fame. Fred McGriff made a massive leap during his final time on the ballot, but fell well short at nearly 40%. He now moves over to the Veterans Committee.
According to most Vegas sportsbook odds, Schilling, Clemens, Bonds, and McGriff were all underdogs to get into the HOF this season. Schilling, who is always at odds with others regarding his political stance was at +180, while Clemens came in at +200, Bonds was at +225 and McGriff was a significant underdog at +800.
Of the four that were voted in; Halladay and Mussina were both first-round draft picks and destined for stardom from the start of their career.
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