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The results are in for the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. There are four today.

Firstly, five time World Series champion and all time leader in saves Mariano Rivera. By far one of the best closers of all time. Rivera became the first player to ever make it in with a unanimous "yes" vote. This was Rivera's first year on the ballot. 

Secondly, the late Roy Halladay, a pitching legend with two Cy Young awards and a perfect game who was tragically killed in a plane accident in late 2017, was voted in.  This was his first year of eligibility.

Thirdly, Pitcher Mike Mussina who played for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees and won seven Gold Gloves made the cut. Mussina had been on the ballot since 2014.

Lastly, Mariners fans can finally take a breath. Edgar Martinez is finally in. The 5 time Silver Slugger was on his final year of eligibility. 

 

That's about it! Larry Walker is still alive, and will participate in his tenth and final year of eligibility, so hopefully he gets into the hall in 2020. Todd Helton could have received a hell of a lot more votes than he actually did, I'm disappointed. Andy Pettitte did not even get ten percent of the votes, which is fine. And as usual, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are not in, which is a good thing. Fred McGriff was also on the ballot for his last year of eligibility, but did not get in.

Anypony have thoughts on today's election?

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Rivera, Edgar, and Halladay making it didn't shock me. Mussina getting in and Rivera being unanimous did. I really thought the private, more conservative, old-school balloters would've kept the Moose off.

Bonds and Clemens getting little traction disappoints me. They're by far the two best players on the ballot; they belong in Cooperstown, alleged steroid use or no.

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3 hours ago, Dark Qiviut said:

Rivera, Edgar, and Halladay making it didn't shock me. Mussina getting in and Rivera being unanimous did. I really thought the private, more conservative, old-school balloters would've kept the Moose off.

Bonds and Clemens getting little traction disappoints me. They're by far the two best players on the ballot; they belong in Cooperstown, alleged steroid use or no.

Mussina said himself he too was caught off guard by the big news. You wouldn't expect to see any talk from Jon Heyman or Ken Rosenthal about him in the Hall of Fame, but when everything is all said and done, he made the cut.

As for Bonds and Clemens, even Mark McGwire experienced this on the ballots, and when his final year on the ballot came around, he didn't make the cut. I honestly think Bonds and Clemens will share the same fate.

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