Sports 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 … [Read more...] about Mariano Rivera Makes History as Major League Baseball Unveils Hall of Fame Class of 2019
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Roy Halladay, left, Mariano Rivera, center, and Edgar Martinez are the favorites to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. (AP) It could be a historic day for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The 2019 Class, which will be announced Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET, may not only have four or more candidates elected but could also feature the first candidate elected unanimously. A candidate who receives 75 percent of the vote or more will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America meeting certain requirements comprise the voting body, and the group has elected at least two candidates for the Hall of Fame for five consecutive years. There are 20 newcomers on the ballot and 15 former players returning. Last year, the writers voted in Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. Here’s a look at some of the players who are likely to be elected and some who might miss the cut. BASEBALL PLAYERS LINKED TO … [Read more...] about Baseball Hall of Fame might see four players elected to 2019 class
close Video Curt Schilling on chances President Trump will be re-elected Many of the country's sports fans were watching football Sunday, but President Trump also seemed to have baseball on his mind. Trump on Sunday endorsed former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling for the sport's Hall of Fame, just days before the official 2019 class is announced. Over the course of his 20-year career, Schilling, 52, played for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. He appeared on Fox News' “Life Liberty & Levin” with host Mark Levin on Sunday night. BASEBALL PLAYERS LINKED TO PEDs 'DISGRACED THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME,' DON'T BELONG IN HALL OF FAME, MLB STAR SAYS As for the president, he registered his support for Schilling in a late-night tweet. “Curt Schilling deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most. … [Read more...] about Curt Schilling ‘deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame,’ Trump tweets
Chris Archer #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the first inning during the game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park on September 19, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) Pittsburgh Pirates star Chris Archer drew his line in the sand Thursday when it comes to players who have been linked to performance-enhancing drugs who are also vying for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Archer, a right-handed pitcher who previously played for the Rays and is entering his first full season with the Pirates, offered his opinion on the Hall of Fame on Twitter. TIM TEBOW INVITED TO MAJOR-LEAGUE TRAINING WITH NEW YORK METS “If you ever failed a test, got suspended, or admitted to using performance enhancers you should NOT be in the hall of fame,” he wrote. “No hard feelings but you disgraced the integrity of the game, your stats are tainted. You don’t deserve the honor.” Archer offered his opinion amid a … [Read more...] about Baseball players linked to PEDs ‘disgraced the integrity of the game,’ don’t belong in Hall of Fame, MLB star says
Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 10:00 p.m. UTC Jul 21, 2018 A whopping six players will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29 in Cooperstown, N.Y. (Four were elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America; two were selected by the Veterans’ Committee.) So who’s on deck for the Class of 2019, which will be announced next January? Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford takes a look at five possible candidates: DH Edgar Martinez The case for: Put simply, he is baseball’s greatest designated hitter. The award given out by MLB to the best DH every season is literally named after him. A seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger, he hit .312 for his career with a .418 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage. Martinez is one of just 19 HOF-eligible players in history with at least 4,000 plate appearances and a slash line of .300/.400/.500. 15 of them are in the Hall of Fame. The four that aren’t: Manny Ramirez (PED … [Read more...] about Baseball Hall of Fame: Who’s on deck for the Class of 2019?