Rivera is likely a first-ballot lock, as the greatest closing pitcher of all time holds the record for the most saves (652) and games finished (952) through his 19-year career. He was part of the legendary “Core Four” that helped the Yankees secure five world championships between 1996 and 2009. Mo owns a career 2.11 ERA, as he finished 11 seasons with an ERA below 2.00.
In the postseason, Rivera owns all-time records for ERA (0.70), saves (42) and games pitched (96). More specifically, his World Series ERA is 0.99 and his 11 saves is the most all-time. Rivera has been selected to be an All-Star 13 times, and was named World Series MVP in 1999.
Pettitte, a fellow Core Four member, won 256 games over 18 years (15 with the Yankees, three with the Astros), and never had a losing record in any season. He compiled a 3.85 ERA and threw for over 200 innings in 10 of those 18 seasons. The southpaw finished top five in Cy Young voting for four seasons while winning five World Series’ and being named the 2001 ALCS MVP. He owns a 3.81 ERA in 44 postseason starts while holding the record for innings pitched (276.2).
Mike Mussina and Roger Clemens are among other former Yankees included in this year’s ballot. Mussina received a total of 268 votes last year (63.5 percent). He has four more years to appear on 75 percent of the ballots and get into the Hall before being removed. Clemens received 242 votes (57.3 percent) last year. This is his seventh year on the ballot, so his time to be inducted is dwindling down as well.
The winners will be announced on Jan. 22. For the full ballot, click here.