It’s unanimous: Mariano Rivera is a Hall of Famer.
The retired Yankees legend, considered by many the greatest closer of all time, became the first player to be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame unanimously when voting was announced today.
The all-time leader in saves — both during the regular season and playoffs — headlined a class that also includes another ex-Yankee, Mike Mussina, plus Edgar Martinez and Roy Halladay.
Rivera received all 425 votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Ken Griffey Jr. held the previous mark for top percentage at 99.32 when he was on 437 of 440 ballots two years ago.
The 49-year-old Rivera spent his entire 19-year MLB career with the Yankees after signing with the organization for $2,500 out of his native Panama in 1990. From those humble beginnings, Rivera worked his way up the Yankees system.
Rivera went on to save 652 games in the regular season and 42 more in the postseason in a career that was as dominant as it was consistent. Read more at the New York Post.