The results of this year's vote were announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Four new Hall of Famers are headed to Cooperstown, including the first ever unanimous choice. The largest group selected by writers was the inaugural five-member class of Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson in 1936. But Rivera will be elected, that much is sure.
Martinez also earned 85.4 percent, ending a polarizing candidacy for the former Seattle Mariners designated hitter that took until his 10th and final year on the ballot.
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"Doc" now has been named on more than 92% (199) of the 210 ballots made public to Ryan Thibodaux's (Twitter: @NotMrTibbs) "Tracker Team", which has become perhaps the most respected compiler of such information. An aircraft he was piloting solo on November 7, 2017, crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, just off the Florida coast. The Hall of Fame pitcher only spent four of his 15-plus seasons with the Phillies, and, at times, he pitched in excruciating pain during the final two.
In aggregate, Halladay won 203 games with a 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts in 2,749 1/3 innings during his storied 16-year career which was unfortunately cut a bit short by injuries. The ex-Yankees and Orioles pitcher had career stats that compared favorably to Halladay, so their inclusion together makes sense.
Halladay made six All-Star games and won a Cy Young award with the Blue Jays, who he played with from 1998-2009. Last year Philadelphia inducted him onto the Wall of Fame, and this summer the baseball world will shine down on the former ace. He thus became the first post-2008 World Series championship individual so honored. "While the Hall of Fame has the final say as to which logo, if any, is included, we work with the electee to reach an appropriate conclusion".