The First Unanimous Hall of Famer Comes to Cooperstown!
The all-time saves leader for Major League Baseball made hist first visit to Cooperstown on Friday. New York Yankees great Mariano Rivera toured the National Baseball Hall of F and Museum to get familiar with his surrounding before the induction ceremony in Cooperstown this summer. After Rivera's tour he fielded questions from the media and said "It's freezing outside but this makes it warm." The dominant retired closer for the Bronx Bombers became the first player in history elected unanimously to Cooperstown on his first try.
Mariano Rivera was named on all 425 ballots cast in the 2019 BBWAA Hall of Fame voting, earning Hall of Fame election along with fellow pitchers Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay and designated hitter-third baseman Edgar Martinez. They will be honored as part of the Hall’s Induction Weekend July 19-22 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with relief pitcher Lee Smith and designated hitter-outfielder Harold Baines, who were elected in December by the Today’s Game Era Committee. Also being honored that weekend will be the Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting, the late Al Helfer, and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for writing, Jayson Stark.