Yankees’ Rivera Lock For ’19 Hall Of Fame, But Halladay? Edgar?

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, November 22, 2018 6:47 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 6:47 PM UTC

The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be announced on Jan. 22. Two guys on the fence are Roy Halladay and Edgar Martinez, and MyBookie offer a prop on their chances. Bet confidently with tips from SBRpicks.com. 

Recently, the first-timers eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2019 were announced. The election results for those headed to a summer enshrinement to Cooperstown will be announced Jan. 22 live on MLB Network.

Easily the biggest name eligible for the first time is former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who is quite simply the best ever at his position. He holds the MLB record with 652 saves and was just about unhittable in his postseason career. In his 19 seasons, Rivera finished 82-60 with a 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 1,238.2 innings. In the playoffs, Rivera pitched 141.0 innings and was 8-1 with 42 saves, a 0.70 ERA, just two homers allowed and a WHIP of 0.759.

One could make an argument that guys who pitch just an inning at a time 3-4 games per week don’t belong in the Hall of Fame, but closers are already in there and Rivera’s the best of them. MyBookie offers a prop on whether he will be inducted in the 2019 class: yes is -400 and no +250. Yes is freaking easy money. The only question is if Rivera becomes the first unanimous selection. Ken Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of votes at 99.32%. Three clowns didn’t vote for him, which is stupid.

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As announced earlier today, here's the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, Tracker style.

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There’s also a prop on former Blue Jays and Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay, with both yes and no that “Doc” is inducted this year at -120. Sadly, Halladay died in November 2017 when the small plane he was piloting crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

Halladay was an eight-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner. He had a regular-season perfect game and a postseason no-hitter on Oct. 6, 2010, against the Reds in the NLDS. The only other pitcher with a postseason no-no was Don Larsen, who had a perfect game for the New York Yankees in the 1956 World Series. Halladay went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in his regular-season career. He led the league in innings pitched four times.

Finally, MyBookie looks at the chances of perhaps the greatest designated hitter of all-time, former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez. It’s his last chance on the ballot and he’s -200 to get in and +150 not to. A player needs 75 percent for induction, and Martinez jumped from 58.6 percent to 70.4 percent last year. Each of the past 10 players who received between 70-74 percent of the vote did gain election the next year.

Martinez hit .312 (two-time batting champion) with a .418 OBP for his career along with 309 homers and a 68.4 career WAR. Just for a point of comparison, the much more “hyped” David Ortiz had a WAR of 55.3, but he’ll be a lock in a few years with his 541 homers.

Free MLB Picks: No Halladay, Yes MartinezBest Lines Offered: MyBookie
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