Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina elected to Hall of Fame

Four new Hall of Famers are headed to Cooperstown, including the first ever unanimous choice.

Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, with Rivera becoming the first-ever player to get 100 percent of the vote.

The results of this year’s vote were announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Seventy-five percent of the vote is needed for immortalization in Cooperstown, and this year’s electees zoomed past that total.

Mariano Rivera, the legendary ex-New York Yankees closer, reached the hallowed 100-percent mark, beating Ken Griffey Jr.’s record of 99.32 percent. Griffey missed just three ballots in 2016.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22: Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees walks out of the bullpen before the game against the San Francisco Giants during interleague play on September 22, 2013 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Rivera was honored by the New York Yankees today with Mariano Rivera Day. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, applauds as retiring Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, back to camera, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Rivera's final appearance at a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in New York. The Rays won 4-0. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Aug 14, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Mariano Rivera throws out the first pitch before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera waves to fans after recording his career record 602nd save against the Minnesota Twins after their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York September 19, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PROFILE)
New York Yankees players (L-R) Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada (obscured), Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera look at the World Series trophy after the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 to win the 2009 Major League Baseball World Series in New York, November 4, 2009. REUTERS/Pool-David J. Phillip (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Mariano Rivera participates in a panel at Project Destined Bronx Bootcamp at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
Aug 12, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Mariano Rivera embraces designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) on his last game as a Yankee before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images (TAGS: Sport Baseball MLB) *** Local Caption *** 2016-08-12T232817Z_1547777004_NOCID_RTRMADP_3_MLB-TAMPA-BAY-RAYS-AT-NEW-YORK-YANKEES.JPG
Mar 1, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees guest instructor Mariano Rivera during Sunday morning workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
New York Yankees Mariano Rivera (L-R), Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter listen to pitcher Andy Pettitte talk to the media during a news conference at Legends Field in Tampa, Florida, February 18, 2008. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES)
Sep 25, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) hugs former player Mariano Rivera after hitting a walk-off single during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, who holds baseball's all-time saves record, smiles as he announces his plans to retire at the end of the 2013 season during a news conference at Steinbrenner Field Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Former New York Yankees player Mariano Rivera acknowledges fans before an exhibition game "Legend Series" honoring him, between the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins, at the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City March 15, 2014. Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees returned to Panama for the first time in 67 years on Saturday, offering one final goodbye to Mariano Rivera and bringing the career of the game's greatest closer full circle. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BASEBALL PROFILE)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox and Former Yankee Mariano Rivera share a laugh during a pregae ceremony to honor David Ortiz at Yankee Stadium on September 29, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
American League’s Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees, acknowledges a standing ovation during the eighth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
New York Yankees Derek Jeter, standing center, applauds as Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) tries out a rocking chair, one of many gifts Rivera received during a pregame retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium before the Yankees baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in New York. Rivera's sons Jafet, left, and Mariano Jr. watch the action. The 13-time All-Star closer is retiring at the end of this season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
American League’s Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees, acknowledges the crowd as he is introduced during the eighth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera tips his cap to the fans during the ninth inning of the Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Rays won 4-0 in Rivera's final home game. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
American League’s Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees, walks off the field with catcher American League’s Salvador Perez, of the Kansas City Royals, after pitching during the eighth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Former New York Yankees player Mariano Rivera smiles as he pitches before an exhibition game "Legend Series" honoring him, between the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins, at the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City March 15, 2014. Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees returned to Panama for the first time in 67 years on Saturday, offering one final goodbye to Mariano Rivera and bringing the career of the game's greatest closer full circle. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso (PANAMA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BASEBALL PROFILE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera signs autographs during a workout before the spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Nesius (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera pitches to the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of Game 2 of their MLB American League Divison Series baseball playoffs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 7, 2010. Rivera picked up his 600th career save. REUTERS/Andy King (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez (front) go for a fly ball against the Los Angeles Angels during the tenth inning in Game 2 of Major League Baseball's ALCS playoff series in New York, October 17, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Halladay, the ex-Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays ace who died tragically in a 2017 plane crash, was also elected easily with 85.4 percent.

Edgar Martinez also earned 85.4 percent, ending a polarizing candidacy for the former Seattle Mariners designated hitter that took until his 10th and final year on the ballot.

Mike Mussina’s slow climb toward 75 percent finally reached the end, with 76.7 percent in his sixth year on the ballot. The ex-Yankees and Orioles pitcher had career stats that compared favorably to Halladay, so their inclusion together makes sense.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, the three most controversial names on the ballot, didn’t get particularly close to Cooperstown, but did see a bump in support that could bode well for the future.

• Bonds finished at 59.1 percent after last year’s 56.4 percent.
• Clemens earned 59.5 percent after 57.3 percent last year.
• Schilling rebounded in a big way, jumping from 51.2 percent in 2017 to 60.9 percent in 2018.

Larry Walker, who will now enter his 10th and final year on the ballot, was the next highest vote-getter at 54.6 percent. He’ll be looking for an Edgar Martinez/Tim Raines-like final-year bump in 2020 to get into the Hall.

Five percent of the vote is needed to stay on the ballot, which inevitably means some big names fall off each year by those means or by their time running out. Among the notables now off the ballot: Fred McGriff (39.8 percent, final year), Lance Berkman (1.2, first year), Miguel Tejada (1.2, first year) and Roy Oswalt (0.9, first year).

The newly elected foursome will now join Lee Smith and Harold Baines, who were chosen in December by a Hall of Fame veterans committee. They’ll be inducted on July 22 in Cooperstown.

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Mike Oz is a writer at Yahoo Sports. Contact him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @MikeOz

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