The halls of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown will be welcoming 6 new members in a few months. I broke down just how good the players voted in by the BBWAA were against the Rays.
Mariano Rivera became the first player ever to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame unanimously. Roy Halladay joined him as a first ballot inductee. Edgar Martinez, on the other hand, finally got in on his 10th and final year on the ballot. And, Mike Mussina also got in this year after waiting 5 years.
The most controversial induction in this year’s class was Harold Baines who was voted in by the Today’s Game Era Committee along with Lee Smith. Many believe the Harold Baines was not deserving of the induction and I can’t blame them.
Plaque Logo Choices:
Mariano Rivera: Yankees
Roy Halladay: N/A
Mike Mussina: N/A
Edgar Martinez: Mariners
Lee Smith: Cubs
Harold Baines: White Sox
After the induction I posted articles breaking down just how good Mo, Doc, Moose and Edgar were against the Devil Rays and Tampa Bay Rays. Mariano Rivera was by for the most dominating and both Halladay and Mussina spent roughly an entire season of their career pitching against the Rays.
Since each of the three pitchers voted in by the BBWAA were longtime AL East foes, the Rays had the misfortune of facing three future hall-of-famers all too often.