Sport: Rivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

SportRivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony

01:50  22 july  2019
01:50  22 july  2019 Source:   ap.org

Rivera heads class being inducted in Cooperstown

Rivera heads class being inducted in Cooperstown One of the biggest crowds Cooperstown has ever seen is expected to descend upon the bucolic upstate New York village Sunday afternoon.

With six speeches scheduled for the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony , what makes more sense than for him to go first and his old teammate, Mariano Rivera , to wrap things up Mussina, Mo to bookend HOF induction today. Former teammates will open, close in Cooperstown.

The Induction Ceremony historically lasts two to three hours. Lawn seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has teamed up with Sports Travel and Tours to offer baseball fans a one-stop opportunity to

Rivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony
Rivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony
Rivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony
Rivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony
Rivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony
Rivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) The chants began even before baseball's greatest closer stood to make his speech.

Paul Sullivan: Cooperstown sells baseball better than baseball sells itself

Paul Sullivan: Cooperstown sells baseball better than baseball sells itself Cooperstown is like a pop-up town that reopens one weekend every July so everyone can feel young again remembering when baseball was great. It's basically a Norman Rockwell version of small-town America, with a nod to Gordon Gekko, as evidenced by the $42 parking-lot fee specially priced for Mariano Rivera's number. If only Harold Baines had worn a number significantly higher than 3, perhaps they would have priced it for him.

Jim Thome’s daughter, Lila, performs the national anthem at the 2018 Baseballs hall of Fame induction ceremony .

The Sunday, July 21 Induction Ceremony will take place on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center, which is located on lower Susquehanna Avenue, just one mile south of the Hall of Fame . The Ceremony is held rain or shine, unless severe weather forces the cancellation of the event.

''Mariano! Mariano! Mariano!''

The former New York Yankees reliever paused and smiled.

''I don't understand why I have to always be the last,'' Mariano Rivera joked at his Hall of Fame induction Sunday. ''I guess being the last one is special.''

Rivera and fellow closer Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay, and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines were feted on a sun-splashed day in Cooperstown. Taking the podium last as he had predicted, Rivera delivered a speech that included a brief thank you to his native Panama and the fans there.

''You're special for me,'' said Rivera, who spoke from notes although he had his speech ready if needed. ''Thank you for your help. Latin American fans, thank you. Thank you for loving me. I'm so humbled and blessed to receive this incredible honor. God bless you all.''

Big crowd gathering in sweltering heat for HOF inductions

Big crowd gathering in sweltering heat for HOF inductions A large crowd is beginning to gather for Sunday's Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown. Local officials are predicting a crowd of around 50,000, and despite sweltering heat, most spots in the field outside Clark Sports Center already have been staked out. Temperatures are predicted to climb into the mid-80s during the ceremony honoring the six new inductees. Relievers Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines will be feted.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome six new members Sunday when Mariano Rivera , Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Harold Baines, and Lee Smith are enshrined in Cooperstown. Hall of Fame weekend runs July 19-21 with the induction ceremony taking place at 1:30 p.m. ET

During the rehearsal on Friday for the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday afternoon, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera raised his hand. Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the

The career saves leader with 652, Rivera was the first unanimous Hall of Fame pick by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He pitched 19 seasons in the major leagues, all with the Yankees, and retired with 952 games finished - also a record.

A 13-time All-Star, Rivera helped the Yankees win five World Series titles and seven American League pennants. He led the AL in saves three times and finished with 40 or more saves nine times, a record he shares with Hall of Famer Trevor Hoffman.

Halladay's widow, Brandy, fought back tears as she spoke. Halladay was 40 when he was killed in a plane crash in November 2017.

''I knew I was going to cry at some point. It's overwhelming the amount of people here today,'' she said. ''I'm so grateful you're here. I can't tell you how many hugs I've gotten. They have extended so much love and friendship. I'm so grateful.

''The thank yous should and could go on for days. There are not enough words to thank you. I say it a lot, but it takes a village.''

The Latest: The late Roy Halladay inducted into Baseball HOF

The Latest: The late Roy Halladay inducted into Baseball HOF COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) The Latest on the Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions (all times local): ------ 2:55 p.m. The late Roy Halladay has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His widow, Brandy, delivered the speech and fought back tears as she spoke. The 40-year-old Halladay was killed in a plane crash in November 2017. "I knew I was going to cry at some point. It's overwhelming the amount of people here today," she said. "I'm so grateful you're here. I can't tell you how many hugs I've gotten. They have extended so much love and friendship. I'm so grateful. "The thank yous should and could go on for days.

Elections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2019 proceeded according to rules most recently amended in 2016. As in the past, the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA)

MY THOUGHTS REVIEW ONLY Pedro Martinez hall of fame speech induction ceremony Baseball Hall of Fame HOF 2015 Full cooperstown plaque presentation MY

Smiling from beginning to end, Smith congratulated his new classmates before crediting his family and hometown of Castor, Louisiana, for much of his success.

''It's been my family. They're the main reason I'm standing here today,'' Smith said. ''To my mom and dad - your support has meant everything to me.''

Smith pitched 18 seasons for the Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Reds and Expos and retired as MLB's career saves leader with 478, a title he held for 13 seasons. That total ranks third all-time, as do his 802 games finished.

Martinez was a seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner for Seattle, where he spent his entire 18-year career. Martinez delivered the first part of his speech in Spanish before congratulating the other five inductees.

''I am honored and humbled to be standing here,'' said Martinez, who was born in New York and grew up in Puerto Rico. ''It is hard to believe that a dream that started when I was 10 years old (ended here). The first time I saw Roberto Clemente, all I wanted to do was play the game. What an honor to have my plaque in the Hall alongside his.''

Mariners' Martinez tells classic Randy Johnson anecdote during Hall of Fame induction speech

Mariners' Martinez tells classic Randy Johnson anecdote during Hall of Fame induction speech Former Seattle Mariners slugger Edgar Martinez said his former teammate Randy Johnson told him "it will only hurt for a minute."

The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class: Mariano Rivera , Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina. HALL OF FAME : Weekend is all about Mariano Rivera . NIGHTENGALE: Closers finally get their due in Hall of Famers by jersey number. NEXT? Active MLB players with the best shot at HOF .

Major League Baseball Players of the Month. Rookie of the Year, Mariano Rivera , Trevor Hoffman, & Rolaids Relief Award. Postseason World Series MVP & All-Star Game MVP.

Martinez won two AL batting titles and led the league in on-base percentage three times. He was named the outstanding designated hitter five times, an award that now bears his name.

The soft-spoken Baines never displayed much emotion in his 22-year career, but his voice cracked throughout his speech.

''Somehow I acquired a reputation for not saying much. I'm not sure why,'' he deadpanned at the start. ''From teachers to coaches who showed me kindness and discipline, I thank you all for what you've done for me. If I can leave you with one message, it's to give back to your community. I stand here very humbled. It has taken time to sink in.''

Mussina pitched for 18 major league seasons and spent his entire career in the high-scoring AL East with the Orioles and Yankees. A five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner, he posted a record of 270-153 and had 57 complete games in 536 starts. He was the first AL pitcher to win at least 10 games 17 times.

''I spent a lot of time reflecting on my time in baseball,'' said Mussina, the oldest first-time 20-game winner in MLB history when he reached the milestone at age 39 in 2008, his final season in the majors. ''I was never fortunate to win a Cy Young Award or be a World Series champion, win 300 games or strike out 3,000 hitters. My opportunities for those achievements are in the past. Today, I get to become a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. This time I made it.''

The late Frank Robinson and Willie McCovey were honored with a moment of silence before Mussina was introduced. The two Hall of Famers died since last year's induction ceremony.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Related slideshow: 2019 MLB season (provided by imagn)

Rivera closes baseball HOF induction ceremony

Andre Dawson, Tony Perez may boycott Derek Jeter’s Hall of Fame induction.
Andre Dawson and Tony Perez are still upset over the way Derek Jeter’s Miami Marlins ownership group handled their firings two years ago and are holding grudges. Dawson and Perez, both Hall of Fame players, were fired in 2017 from their jobs as Marlins special assistants. The firings were handled by team president David Samson rather than the new ownership group. After some backlash, Jeter’s group relented and offered Perez and Dawson gigs for $25,000 a year instead of the $85,000 they were previously being paid. Their roles would have been greatly diminished.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 0
This is interesting!