Baseball’s 2019 Hall of Fame class was announced on Tuesday. Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, the late Roy Halladay, and Mariano Rivera got the call to Cooperstown.
Halladay and Rivera were both in their first year of eligibility. Rivera’s election made history, as he became the first player ever inducted unanimously.
BREAKING: Mariano Rivera becomes first player elected unanimously to baseball's Hall of Fame; Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina also elected. pic.twitter.com/AotGL4Jb3U
— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) January 22, 2019
— MLB (@MLB) January 22, 2019
Writers, players, and fans alike reacted to Tuesday’s news.
If Ken Griffey Jr. couldn't get in the Hall of Fame unanimously, I didn't think there was any chance Mariano Rivera would. A pretty incredible accomplishment.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 22, 2019
100% OF THE VOTES FOR MARIANO RIVERA!
— Jessica Kleinschmidt (@KleinschmidtJD) January 22, 2019
— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) January 22, 2019
Really happy for Mike Mussina and Edgar Martinez.
— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) January 22, 2019
Mussina makes it by 7 votes.
— Brian Kenny (@MrBrianKenny) January 22, 2019
4 men who absolutely deserved it. They were better men than they were players and their HOF players. Congrats Mo, Doc, Moose and Edgar. You all are deserving! #HOF2019
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) January 22, 2019
LETSSSS GOOOOO!!! #EdgarHOF just got chills hearing his name called. Man!!!
— Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) January 22, 2019
— Edwin Diaz (@EdiDiaz44) January 22, 2019
A statement from Brandy Halladay: pic.twitter.com/szsIE2si23
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) January 22, 2019
As always, there was plenty of criticism for who did not get in. But by and large, this Hall of Fame Class is going to be a popular one.