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2019 Baseball Hall of Fame

Mariano Rivera could become the first unanimous selection for baseball's Hall of Fame. Elsa/Getty Images

Will New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera become the first unanimous selection for baseball's Hall of Fame? Will Mariners slugger Edgar Martinez cash in on his last year on the main ballot? Is this the year enough voters will move past the steroid taint and elect Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens? We have all the angles covered on the Class of 2019.

Key dates

Dec. 31, 2018 -- Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) ballots due
Jan. 22, 2019 -- Voting results announced
July 21, 2019 -- Cooperstown induction ceremony

Analyzing the Top Class of 2019 Candidates

Law: My first Hall of Fame ballot (ESPN+)
Kahrl: Five key stats for hitters on ballot
Schoenfield: Breaking down 20 new names on ballot
Jaffe (ESPN+): How defense helps (or hurts) players on HOF ballot
Hall of Fame trivia: How well do you know this year's candidates?

Baines, Smith selected by Today's Game Era committee

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Smith and Baines honored to be voted into HOF

Lee Smith and Harold Baines speak with Tim Kurkjian and Eduardo Perez about the HOF and how honored they are to represent the closer and DH positions.

Schoenfield: Examining surprising calls for Baines, Smith
Doolittle: One lesson from Baines' call for Harper, Machado (ESPN+)