Mariano Rivera became baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected Tuesday along with Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina.
Rivera received all 425 votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday. The quartet will be enshrined in Cooperstown along with Today's Game Era Committee selections Harold Baines and Lee Smith on July 21.
"This was just beyond my imagination," Rivera said. "Just to be considered a Hall of Famer is an honor, but to be unanimous is just amazing."
Ken Griffey Jr. held the mark for top percentage at 99.32 when he was on 437 of 440 ballots two years ago.
Rivera is baseball's career saves leader with 652. With a steady demeanor and a fearsome cut fastball, he won five World Series over 19 seasons with the New York Yankees. He was always at his best in October, getting 42 saves with a 0.70 ERA over 16 postseasons, including 11 saves in the World Series.
Halladay, an ace with the Blue Jays and Philadelphia, got 85.4 percent and will be the first posthumous inductee since Deacon White in 2013 and Ron Santo in 2012. Halladay died in November 2017 at 40 years old when an airplane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.
Martinez was a .312 hitter over 18 seasons with Seattle. He got 85.4 percent in his 10th and final try on the writers' ballot. He and Baines will join 2014 inductee Frank Thomas as the only Hall of Famers to play the majority of their games at designated hitter. David Ortiz will be eligible in 2022.
Mussina was a steady righthander for the Yankees and Orioles who went 270-153 with 2,813 strikeouts over 18 seasons. He received 76.7 percent, getting seven more votes than the 319 required for election.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens made gains but again fell short in their seventh times on the ballot. Bonds got 59.1 percent and Clemens 59.5.
... All-Star outfielder Nick Markakis agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal to remain with the Braves with a second year club option.
Free agent Asdrubal Cabrera agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Rangers.
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Christen Press scored in the 53rd minute and the U.S. national team rebounded from a rare loss with a 1-0 victory over Spain in Alicante .
U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher earned her 22nd career shutout.
...Cristiano Ronaldo pleaded guilty to tax fraud and received a two-year suspended sentence.
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NFL: Bob Sutton was fired as the Chiefs' defensive coordinator. ... Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, the offensive MVP of the Pro Bowl in 2017, said he isn't playing in this year's game. He's being replaced by the Raiders' Jared Cook. ... Longtime NFL assistant Tom Clements was hired as passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach by the Cardinals.
WNBA: Dallas star Liz Cambage wants to be traded, and the Wings said they would try to accommodate the 6-8 center, who finished second in MVP voting last year.