MLB history was made this afternoon. Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is now the first unanimous first ballot Hall of Famer in baseball history.
Before today, no player had ever seen his name checked on 100 percent of the ballots, thanks to the notoriously fickle Hall of Fame voters. Rivera, who is widely viewed as the greatest closer of all-time, topped Ken Griffey, who was voted in by 99.32 percent over voters in 2016.
Rivera is part of a four-man Hall of Fame class of 2019, alongside his former Yankee teammate Mike Mussina, longtime hitting nemesis Edgar Martinez and late, great starting pitcher Roy Halladay.
A screenshot of how much of the vote shook out can be found below.
It is crazy that no player before Rivera was a unanimous choice. He shouldn't have been the first, but in some ways it is fitting that he is, given how well-respected he is around the game and his laundry list of accomplishments.
Rivera is the all-time leader in saves with 652. He compiled a ridiculous postseason ERA of 0.70 with 42 saves in 96 appearances.
Rivera was a member of seven American League Championship teams and five World Series winners. He finished as a runner-up for the Cy Young Award once and came in third three times.