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6 baseball greats, led by Mariano Rivera, to join Baseball HOF this weekend

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6 baseball greats, led by Mariano Rivera, to join Baseball HOF this weekend
History was made with this year's class of inductees.

Weekend of the year.

Good evening-- i'm kristen copeland.

I'm steve mcmurray.

And this is the live at five newshour... on location in otsego county for hall of fame induction weekend 2019.

Main street cooperstown is packed with baseball fans ....eager to celebrate the best to play america's game.

We'll talk attendance numbers in a minute.

But first -- we put the spotlight on the inductees.

Six baseball greats .... led by mariano rivera.... will join the exclusive fraternity that is the national baseball hall of fame.

Rivera is bringing in fans from around the world... including panama's newly elected president.

Allotsego.com is reporting that tonight.

Newschannel two's spencer davidson is standing by live to tell us all about this year's class.

Hey spence!

Hey guys - here outside the hallowed halls where six new members will be enshrined by the end of the weekend.

It may be one of the biggest yet - so with that - let's meet the class of 2019.

Nats: "you're the first person...cheers" with that call - history was made.

Not really needing an introduction - mariano rivera became the first unanimous selection into the baseball hall of fame.

A career yankee - rivera played 19-years in the big leagues - winning five world series titles.

He is the m-l-b all-time saves leader with 652.

He was the world series m-v-p in 1999 - a- l-c-s m-v-p in 2003 - and the american league comeback player of the yea r in 2013.

He finished his career with an 2.21 era - good for 11th lowest all-time.

Shall we go on?

A 13-time all- star - mo had his number 42 retired by the yanks in 2013.

And with the league-wide retirement of jackie robinson's 42 - he's the last player who will ever wear that number on his back regularly in major league baseball...oh yeah - he also has one career r-b-i.

--- mooooose...rivera's former yankee teammate mike mussina had kind of a tale of two careers.

He started as a bronx bomber rival - spending 10 years with the baltimore orioles.

He joined the yanks in 2001 - pitching his final eight seasons in new york.

He was a five-time all-star - and seven- time gold glover.

His final record stood at 270-153 - putting him in the top 50 all- time for winning percentage.

He also finished with a 3.68 e- r-a and over 28-hundred strikeouts.

The m-l-b wins leader in 1995 - mussina got in on his sixth ballot.

--- career seattle mariner edgar martinez just made the cut - getting in on his tenth and final ballot.

One of the most feared hitters during his 18- year career - he finished with a .312 batting average - over 22-hundred hits - 309 home runs and over 12-hundred r- b-i's.

He was a seven-time all-star - five-time silver slugger - the a-l r-b-i leader in the year 2000 and the a-l batting champion twice.

His number 11 is retired by the mariners.

--- roy halladay was elected into the hall posthumously on his first ballot.

He died in november of 2017 at the age of 40 in a plane crash off the coast of florida.

During his career - he was dominant.

He won the cy young in 2003 and 2010 - he was the m-l-b wins leader those same years.

An eight-time all-star selection - halladay pitched a perfect game in may of 2010 - before going on to pitch just the second-ever postseason no-hitter later that year in october.

He finished his 16 year career with a record of 203- 105 - with a 3.38 e-r-a and over 21-hundred strikeouts.

--- our final two hall of famers were elected by the modern era committee.

First up - harold baines.

He played 22 years for six teams in the majors.

An all-star six times - his number three has been retired by the chicago white sox.

In his career - he hit .289 with over 28-hundred hits - 384 home runs and over 16- hundred r-b-i's.

A silver slugger award winner in 1989 - he won a world series as a coach with the white sox in 2005.

--- we opened with a closer...now we'll end with one.

Lee smith finished his 18-year career with 478 saves - which was the most in m-l-b history from 1993 until trevor hoffman broke the record in 2006.

With a 3.03 e-r-a and over 12- hundred strikeouts - smith was the m-l-b saves leader four different times.

He was also named to seven all-star games and still holds the team record with 180 saves for the chicago cubs.

So there you have it - the baseball hall of fame class of 2019.

Coming up at six - we'll dive more into mariano rivera's unanimous coming up at six - we'll dive more into mariano rivera's unanimous selection - hearing from current hall of famers about their view on the achievement.



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