Sodo Mojo’s/Mariners Fans Hall of Fame Vote: Who’s In, Who’s Out?
Mariano Rivera 7/8
Yes, Rivera was not unanimous on our poll. And before you throw a fit, I am the one who didn’t vote for him in this poll. Now, do I think Rivera is a Hall of Famer? Absolutely. But I decided to treat this ballot like I would if I had a real one, and if I did, I wouldn’t vote for Rivera.
He is getting inducted, with or without my vote. So I decided to give the vote to somebody who could actually use it to stay on the ballot or get into the hall.
Rivera is the best closer in the history of the game, and there isn’t much debate. Rivera is the all-time leader in career saves (652), a 205 ERA+, 13 All-Star games, and 4 world titles. He is best remembered for his devastating cutter, the one pitch that sent him into the Hall of Fame.
The term “greatest of all-time” or “GOAT” is overused today. Anybody who has a good day gets called a GOAT. Very rarely is there an undisputed GOAT. However, nobody has any doubt, or any counter-argument, to Mariano Rivera being the actual GOAT for his position.