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Mariano, always 'the last,' closes HOF ceremony

Mariano Rivera and fellow closer Lee Smith, starters Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay, and designated hitters Edgar Martinez and Harold Baines were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, with Rivera the last to take the podium.

Rivera thanks Yankees fans, former teammates in HOF speech (1:58)
Dahl does it all in the 3rd (0:27)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

"If I didn't give you time, I am sorry," Mariano Rivera joked, thanking the writers for making him a Hall of Famer. "Maybe I will give you time later on." Pinstriped Yankees fans dominated the grounds of the Clark Sports Complex on Sunday, but just as spirited were fans from Panama, who also gave a major welcome to countryman Rod Carew when he was introduced early in the festivities.

Arenado rips 2-run double (0:34)
LeMahieu sends first pitch he sees to the seats (0:21)
Blackmon blasts lead-off homer (0:27)

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

During his Hall of Fame induction speech, - Mike Mussina said that his brother, Mark, was so superstitious that if Moose was pitching well, Mark wouldn't let anybody in his row at the ballpark leave their seats "for any reason."

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

President Laurentino Cortizo of Panama is also on hand to celebrate Mo's induction, as Rivera joins Rod Carew among Panamanian Hall of Famers (h/t to Marly Rivera).

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

From Marly Rivera on-site, Mariano Rivera's wife Clara and their three sons have taken their seats in Cooperstown to cheer on the Hall's first-ever unanimous selection...

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

First-round pick Quinnen Williams remains unsigned as the Jets' rookies reported to training camp on Friday. It's too soon to be alarmed, as the first practice isn't until Thursday. Williams will sign a four-year, $32.5 million contract, but the two sides are haggling over legalese within the contract.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Mo's parents, Delia and Mariano Rivera Sr., are in Cooperstown for their son's Baseball Hall of Fame induction. Here they are alongside family friend, broadcaster Eric Espino, one of the many Panamanians present in Cooperstown today.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Unsigned third-round pick Oshane Ximines has an agreement in place on his rookie contract, per source. Deal is expected to be signed Monday morning when Giants rookies and select veterans report.


Dan Mullen 

Mike Mussina talks about how he knew it was time to retire after a 20-win final season instead of sticking around for a chance at 300 victories.

Mets put on HR derby in San Francisco (1:46)

Matt Marrone 

The Cooperstown Brewing Company has produced Sandman Pilsner — a special edition brew for Mariano Rivera on the occasion of the former Yankees closer's Hall of Fame induction. (We found it on Main Street at the Cooperstown Beverage Exchange.)

Matt Marrone 

The soon-to-be-home of Mariano Rivera's Hall of Fame plaque — signed by the first-ever unanimous selection himself.

Voit takes pitch to the face, scores before exiting (1:01)

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