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2019 Baseball Hall of Fame

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How Rivera's signature cutter made him a Hall of Famer (3:19)

Mariano Rivera details how he found his signature pitch and became the greatest postseason reliever of all time. (3:19)

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection for baseball's Hall of Fame. Mariners slugger Edgar Martinez cashed in on his last year on the main ballot. Starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina both got into the Hall.

Key dates

July 21, 2019 -- Cooperstown induction ceremony

A-Rod on Hall of Famers

Rivera: Mo wasn't afraid to chew out 'somebody who needed it. Like me'
Martinez 'He would have a Ph.D. in hitting'
Mussina: 'He was like a poker player who could always read me and my hand'

2019 Hall of Fame Class

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What makes each member of 2019 HOF class a Hall of Famer
Insider Five observations as Hall of Fame weekend begins in Cooperstown
Video: Mussina's years of consistency led to the Hall of Fame
Video: Martinez was one of the most feared hitters
Video: Rivera set the standard for closers
Rivera, Martinez, Halladay and Mussina joining Hall of Fame
Longtime writer Jayson Stark accepts HOF's Spink Award
Doolittle: Hall of Fame voting winners and losers (ESPN+)
Olney: Rivera personified grace. Inside lurked a monster competitor
Passan: Why Bonds and Clemens aren't getting into the Hall of Fame
Schoenfield: Edgar's Hall of Fame moment is Seattle's Hall of Fame moment
Kurkjian: Hall tales -- Doc's drive, Edgar's lazy eye, Moose's measuring tape
ESPN Radio: Teammate Cameron on playing with Edgar, batting against MoListenESPN Radio: Rangers manager Woodward on playing with Halladay
Miller: Why a unanimous Hall of Famer is great for baseball
2019 Hall of Fame Class by the numbers
2019 Hall of Fame ballot: Who did our voters pick?

Ranking the Hall of Famers

Doolittle: Ranking every current Hall of Famer by tiers (ESPN+)

Baines, Smith selected by Today's Game Era committee

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Smith and Baines honored to be voted into HOF

Lee Smith and Harold Baines speak with Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez about the HOF and how honored they are to represent the closer and DH positions.

Schoenfield: Examining surprising calls for Baines, Smith
Doolittle: One lesson from Baines' call for Harper, Machado (ESPN+)