Hall of Fame Induction 2019: Your Guide to the New Class
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Each July, baseball fans converge on Cooperstown for a glimpse of their favorite Hall of Famers. From the Parade of Legends to the Induction Ceremony, Hall of Fame Weekend features unforgettable moments during four action-packed days.
The Hall of Fame's Class of 2019 features some of the greatest players of their generation. Read on for a closer look at this year's Hall of Fame class, which features six larger-than-life heroes.
As a star pitcher for both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, Roy Halladay spent 16 seasons in the major leagues, winning the Cy Young Award twice. During the 2010 season, Halladay accomplished the incredible feat of pitching a perfect game and a no-hitter, the latter being only the second no hitter in postseason history. Sadly, Halladay passed away in a plane crash in 2017, but his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame solidifies his importance in the game.
A formidable offensive player, Edgar Martinez started his career as a third baseman, but earned Hall of Fame honors as the Seattle Mariners' designated hitter, boasting a career batting average of .312. Martinez spent all 18 seasons with the Mariners, and is their all-time leader in several categories.
All of Mike Mussina's 18 seasons were spent as a pitcher in the American League East, first with the Baltimore Orioles and then with the New York Yankees. During his career, he compiled over 2800 strikeouts, was a seven-time Gold Glove Award winner, and was selected to the All-Star Game five times.
The first player to be elected unanimously to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), Mariano Rivera spent all 19 of his superb seasons with the New York Yankees, dominating hitters late in the game. He finished his career as the all-time leader in saves, was part of five World Series winners and was chosen as the MVP of the 1999 World Series.
Selected by the Today's Game Era Committee, it's fitting that Lee Smith finds himself inducted the same year as Mariano Rivera. The former all-time saves leader now ranks third behind Rivera and fellow Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman. Smith's record of 478 saves stood for 13 years, and during his 18 seasons he was selected as an All-Star seven times.
Another selection of the Today's Game Era Committee, Harold Baines played the majority of his games as a designated hitter, earning a reputation as one of the game's best clutch hitters. Baines played 22 seasons and was a six-time All Star, hitting 384 home runs during his career.
With the selection of these talented fan favorites, the 2019 Hall of Fame Induction is sure to be an extremely popular event. It's never too early to start planning your trip to Cooperstown for the weekend's festivities, a memorable experience for any baseball enthusiast.