ESPN | David Schoenfield: In case you took an extended nap starting at around 6 PM ET yesterday, we have some great news for you: Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina were both voted into the Hall of Fame! The two Yankee greats were joined by Roy Halladay and Edgar Martinez in getting over 75% of the vote. In even better news, Rivera became the first player to ever be unanimously voted in.
ESPN | Buster Olney: The “good player, but a better person” is a cliched saying that often isn’t true. Yet for Mo, it was arguably true. Don’t let that fool you, however, he was a ferocious competitor.
New York Post | Joel Sherman: Long before Mariano Rivera became Mariano Rivera, he was just a meh starter thrown into the bullpen as a long man in 1995 and ‘96. No one quite realized it at the time, but the Yankees had the greatest relief pitcher of all time just sitting there. Thankfully, they eventually figured it out, and the rest is history.
Player’s Tribune | Derek Jeter: Not sure who this Derek Jeter fellow is, but he penned a very nice tribute to Rivera.
Cut4 | Adrian Garro: It wasn’t the best or most important moment in Mussina’s career, but by far the funniest was him telling Joe Torre to “stay there” when the Yankees manager attempted to remove him in a 2006 game. Even more telling of Mussina’s greatness was Torre listening to him, and letting the starter finish off a complete game win.