Mariano Rivera Makes History as Major League Baseball Unveils Hall of Fame Class of 2019

The greatest players in Major League Baseball history — from Ruth to Ryan, Cobb to Cal, Cy, Seaver, Yogi, Gehrig, Mick, the "Say Hey Kid" or countless others — never accomplished what Mariano Rivera just achieved. The former New York Yankees relief pitcher Tuesday became the first player to receive a unanimous vote into the Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.

MLB announced its 2019 induction class Tuesday evening, and Rivera heads a stellar class of four inductees, which is also sort of a rarity. Though it's the third time a four-man crew has been inducted into the hallowed Hall in the last five years, it's only the fifth time in history it has happened.

The Class of 2019 includes Rivera, pitcher Roy Halladay, pitcher Mike Mussina and hitter Edgar Martinez. Halladay earned his vote into the Hall on his first ballot, just one year after perishing in a plane crash.

Harold Baines and Lee Smith were also voted into the Hall in non-player categories, making the class of six inductees the second in as many years and the third this decade.

Here are the player voting totals, per mlb.com:

Mariano Rivera: 425 votes (100%) -- 1st year on ballot
Roy Halladay: 363 (85.4%) -- 1st
Edgar Martinez: 363 (85.4%) -- 10th
Mike Mussina: 326 (76.7%) -- 6th
Curt Schilling: 259 (60.9%) -- 6th
Roger Clemens: 253 (59.5%) -- 7th
Barry Bonds: 251 (59.1%) -- 7th
Larry Walker: 232 (54.6%) -- 9th
Omar Vizquel: 182 (42.8%) -- 2nd
Fred McGriff: 169 (39.8%) -- 10th
Manny Ramirez: 97 (22.8%) -- 3rd
Jeff Kent: 77 (18.1%) -- 6th
Billy Wagner: 71 (16.7%) -- 4th
Todd Helton: 70 (16.5%) -- 1st
Scott Rolen: 73 (17.2%) -- 2nd
Gary Sheffield: 58 (13.6%) -- 5th
Andy Pettitte: 42 (9.9%) -- 1st
Sammy Sosa: 36 (8.5%) -- 7th
Andruw Jones: 32 (7.5%) -- 2nd

As noted by the voting totals, just missing out on the Hall of Fame again were Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Larry Walker.

Mariano Rivera, relief pitcher, New York Yankees (1995-2013)

Yankee Stadium played Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' each time Rivera entered the game, and the relief pitcher's appearance in a game almost meant a certain Yankees win.

The Panamanian with a mind-boggling cut fastball has 652 saves, the most all-time in the big leagues; Even more devastating than his cutter was his playoff record, where he posted a 0.70 ERA in 141 postseason innings, the lowest ERA of any pitcher with at least 30 postseason innings. "Mo" also recorded the final out of the World Series four times.

Even the President of the United States congratulated Rivera on his entrance into the Hall of Fame.

Roy Halladay, starting pitcher, Blue Jays (1998-2009), Phillies (2010-13)

The two-time Cy Young winner, who was one of only two pitchers to throw a no-hitter in postseason, earned a Cooperstown bid on his first ballot, which comes a year after his death.

He's one of only six modern-era pitchers with at least 200 wins (203) and at least a .650 winning percentage (.659), according to MLB.com.

Mike Mussina, starting pitcher, Orioles (1991-2000), Yankees (2001-08)

The "moose" qualified for the Hall on his sixth ballot after posting 270 wins and making only five all-star teams and no Cy Young Awards. Though he pitched in the infamous "steroid era," he ended his career on a high note, becoming the first pitcher since Sandy Koufax to win 20 games in his final season when Moose did it for the Yankees in 2008.

Edgar Martinez, utility player/DH, Mariners (1987-2004)

It took several years for Martinez to make it into the Hall, but it's no surprise to the pitchers and defenders who faced him. The "defining stat" (by mlb.com) on Martinez is that he is "one of only 10 players in MLB history with 300 or more homers, 500 or more doubles and 1,000-plus walks with an average over .300 and an on-base percentage over .400."

Oh, he played with both Griffeys in Seattle.

The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be July 21, 2019, in Cooperstown, New York.

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