COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – A look at the players, in alphabetical order, to be inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame:
Harold Douglas Baines
Born March 15, 1959 in Easton, Maryland. … 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, batted and threw left. … drafted first overall by Chicago White Sox in 1977. … played 22 seasons, from 1980-2001, for the White Sox, Rangers, Athletics, Orioles and Indians. … six-time All-Star. … two-time winner of the DH of the year award. … batted .300 eight times and reached the 20-homer mark 11 times. … drove in 90 or more runs eight times and ranks 34th all-time with 1,628 RBIs. … among batters who played at least half his games as a designated hitter, his 2,866 hits rank first and his 384 homers and 1,628 RBIs rank third, behind only David Ortiz and Frank Thomas. … drove in more than 100 runs at age 26 in 1985 and accomplished the feat again at age 40 in 1999, the 13 seasons the longest span between 100-RBI seasons of any player in MLB history. … never drew more than 6.1 percent of the vote in five Hall of Fame elections by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, far from the 75 percent required. … picked in December by a veterans committee.
Harry Leroy Halladay III
Born May 14, 1977 in Denver. … 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, batted and threw right. … drafted by Toronto Blue Jays in first round (17th) in 1995. … pitched 12 seasons for the Blue Jays and four for the Phillies. … won Cy Young Awards in 2003 with the Blue Jays and 2010 with the Phillies, posting a record of 203-105 with 2,117 strikeouts, 592 walks and an ERA of 3.38. … pitched 67 complete games, 20 of them shutouts. … finished in the top five of his league’s Cy Young voting in five other seasons. … eight-time All-Star. … led his league in complete games seven times, the most of any player whose career started after 1945. … threw two no-hitters for the Phillies in 2010, one a perfect game against the Marlins, the other against the Reds in the NLDS. … after the 2013 season, Halladay signed a one-day contract to go back to the Blue Jays and announce his retirement. … inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017. … died Nov. 7, 2017 in a private plane crash into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Coast at age 40. … Blue Jays retired his number 32 on opening day 2018.
Born Jan. 2, 1963 in New York City. … 6-foot, 175 pounds, batted and threw right. … signed by the Mariners after attending American College in Puerto Rico. … played 18 seasons, 1987-2004, all with Seattle. … had a career batting average of .312 with 2,247 hits, including 514 doubles and 309 homers, and drove in 1,261 runs while scoring 1,219 times. … seven-time All-Star and five-time Silver Slugger Award winner … won two AL batting titles, .343 in 1992 and .356 in 1995. … led league in on-base percentage three times. … named AL’s outstanding designated hitter five times. … in final 13 games of the 1995 season hit .396 with a 1.068 OPS and led the majors with a .479 OBP, 1.107 OPS, 185 OPS+ and 52 doubles. … when he retired was one of only six players with a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, .500 slugging percentage and 300 homers. … on the last day of the 2004 season, MLB announced the annual Designated Hitter Award would be known as the Edgar Martinez Award.
Michael Cole Mussina
Born Dec. 8, 1968 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. … 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, batted left and threw right. … selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 11th round of the 1987 amateur draft. … pitched 10 seasons for the Orioles (1991-2000) and eight seasons for the Yankees (2001-09). … posted a record of 270-153, pitching 3,362.2 innings with 2,813 strikeouts, 785 walks, and an ERA of 3.68. … had 57 complete games in 536 starts. … won seven Gold Gloves and retired with a career fielding average of .980, including eight perfect seasons in which he handled 297 total chances without an error. … five-time All-Star. … finished nine times in the top six in voting for the Cy Young Award. … first AL pitcher to win 10 or more games in 17 straight seasons. … became the oldest player to notch his first 20-win season, reaching the plateau at age 39 in 2008, his last season in the major leagues.
Born Nov. 29, 1969, in Panama City. … 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, batted and threw right. … signed as an amateur free agent with the New York Yankees in 1990. … first Hall of Fame candidate to be unanimously selected for induction. … pitched in 1,115 games, fourth all-time and most in AL history, with 10 starts over 19 seasons (1995-2013), all with the New York Yankees. … compiled a record of 82-60 with a 2.21 ERA and 1,173 strikeouts in 1,283.2 innings with a WHIP of 1.000. … baseball’s all-time saves leader with 652. … finished a record 952 games. … in 96 postseason appearances was 8-1 with a WHIP of 0.76 and posted 11 saves in the World Series. … holds postseason records for saves (42), most consecutive scoreless innings pitched (33 1-3), most games (96), and most consecutive save opportunities converted (23). … 13-time All-Star. … retired the side in order in 229 of his 491 three-out saves, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. … on teams that won seven American League pennants and five World Series. … only reliever to win both a league championship series MVP award (2003) and World Series MVP award (1999). … recorded an ERA under 2.00 in 11 seasons, tying Walter Johnson for the top spot with a minimum of 60 innings pitched. … led major leagues in saves three times, 45 in 1999, 50 in 2001, and 53 in 2004. … AL Comeback of the Year Award winner in 2013. … last player in the major leagues to wear No. 42, grandfathered when it was retired in honor of Jackie Robinson in 1997.
Lee Arthur Smith
Born Dec. 4, 1957 in Jamestown, Louisiana. … 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, batted and threw right. … drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 1975 MLB amateur draft. … pitched in 1,022 games over 18 seasons for the Cubs, Red Sox, Cardinals, Yankees, Orioles, Angels, Reds and Expos, compiling a record of 71-92 and 478 saves with an ERA of 3.03, 1,251 strikeouts and 486 walks in 1,289.1 innings. … his 478 saves and 802 games finished rank third all-time. … seven-time All-Star. … league leader in saves four times and reached 30-save mark 11 times with a high of 47 in 1991, winning the NL Fireman of the Year Award. … 168 of his saves required at least four outs and 94 required two or more innings of work. … picked for Hall of Fame in December by a veterans committee.
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