(Yahoo Sports) – Four new Hall of Famers are headed to Cooperstown, including the first ever unanimous choice. Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, with Rivera becoming the first-ever player to get 100 percent of the vote. The results of this year’s vote were announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Seventy-five percent of the vote is needed for immortalization in Cooperstown, and three of this year’s electees zoomed past that total. Rivera, the legendary ex-New York Yankees closer, reached the hallowed 100 percent mark, beating Ken Griffey Jr.’s record of 99.32 percent. Griffey missed just three ballots in 2016. Halladay, the ex-Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays ace who died tragically in a 2017 plane crash, was also elected easily with 85.4 percent. Martinez also earned 85.4 percent, ending a polarizing candidacy for the former Seattle Mariners designated hitter that took until his 10th and final year on the ballot. Mussina’s slow climb toward 75 percent finally reached the end, with 76.7 percent in his sixth year on the ballot. The ex-Yankees and Orioles pitcher had career stats that compared favorably to Halladay, so their inclusion together makes sense.
Three years after Ken Griffey Jr got hosed out of being the first unanimous Hall of Famer, Mariano Rivera finally breaks the “no one gets in clean” stigma the BWAA had been using for the vote. While Griffey wasn’t the first who arguably should’ve gotten 100% of the vote, it makes sense that Rivera ultimately was the first. Easily the greatest closer of all time, Mo dominated opposing batters left and right, especially in the postseason. If you don’t remember his farewell tour in 2013, the Twins constructed a chair for Rivera out of bats his cutter broke.
Now to Doc. Roy Halladay was one of the most dominant starters from the mid-2000s through the early 2010s. First with the Blue Jays and then the Phillies, Halladay was a consummate professional day-in, day-out who was taken from this life too soon. It is a goddamn shame that he never got to raise the Commissioner’s Trophy but he didn’t let that deter him from having an outstanding career, obviously. Hearing the ridiculous stats Halladay would post each season such as the number of complete games or that he’d have fewer walks than starts made me over the top excited when the Phillies traded for him right after trading Cliff Lee, who had just dazzled the Yankees in the 2009 World Series, to Seattle. In 2010, his perfect game that saved May 29 from being remembered as the day the Flyers lost Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final followed by a no-hitter in his first playoff start will likely be one of the greatest individual seasons from a Phillie ever. UPDATE: As of 5:15 on Wednesday, Roy Halladay’s family has announced that he won’t wear a specific cap on his plaque in Cooperstown. Probably makes the most sense. Halladay won Cy Youngs with both teams and while he played most of his career in Toronto, he made his only postseason appearances with the Phils.
Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina also deserve plenty of praise for their respective elections. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Curt Schilling all received around 60% of the vote as well. The Steroid Era’s biggest names are constantly staying in the conversation and it’ll be incredibly interesting going forward watching if they’ll crack their ways into Cooperstown or not.
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The Phillies announced their full plans for the former McFadden’s space at Citizen’s Bank Park. We knew a Shake Shack was coming, but now the team has revealed the plan for beer garden as well, called “Pass and Stow.” What makes this significantly different than McFadden’s is that “Pass and Stow” will be connected to inside of the ballpark meaning you may come and go from there as you please throughout the game rather than exiting to go to the bar. Like McFadden’s before it, “Pass and Stow” will open two hours before first pitch and will remain open after the game ends.
Originally when McFadden’s closed, it seemed to be obvious that Xfinity Live would have had something to do with the closing being right across the street. While another bar area taking McFadden’s’ place doesn’t disprove that thought, the bar being open to the ballpark throughout the game in theory helps “Pass and Stow’s” cause. The lines to go in to the game from McFadden’s were atrocious and unless you needed to watch something ASAP post-Phillies, you were likely heading over to Xfinity to grab a post game beer. Now with a more open space in beer garden form, “Pass and Stow” should enable CBP’s patrons with a fantastic outdoor space for a cold beer on a summer night.
What do you guys think about the Hall of Fame class? Will you be checking out the Phillies’ new beer garden? Let me know in the comments…