First, the 2019 Hall of Fame election announcement. Huge congrats to:
Roy Halladay: 200 wins, 2 Cy Youngs, 8 All-Star nods, a perfect game plus a no-hitter (the latter during the playoffs!) and a career bWAR of 64.3 over 16 seasons. It's a shame he won't be there to celebrate his induction.
Edgar Martinez: 2 batting titles, 7 All-Star appearances, and a 68.4 bWAR in 18 seasons (though he didn't play a "full" one until his fourth). Edgar was the Platonic ideal of a DH and made people appreciate OBP.
Mike Mussina: 270 wins, 7 Gold Gloves, 5 All-Star selections, a crazy 83.0 bWAR in 18 seasons, and he saved his best for last, winning 20 games in 2008 before retiring. His Yankees career was bookended by World Series titles he missed out on, plus it's not his fault that Baltimore's owner was a cheap asshole.
Mariano Rivera: 652 saves (a record), five World Series rings (he was the '99 MVP), 13 All-Star selections, and a 56.2 bWAR in 19 seasons. He waited his turn for a couple years then rode into the record books as a Yankees legend. More often than not if the Yankees got to the 8th or 9th with a lead, it was "Enter Sandman" and the game was over thanks to the greatest closer the game has seen. Also the first unanimous selection!
All four of these guys are very deserving and I look forward to their ceremony in Cooperstown this summer.
Next, the 30 for 30 blog bat around: the player I immediately think of when I hear the name of each modern team. (All scans that aren't mine come from COMC.)
Arizona -- Luis Gonzalez. Came up with one of the biggest hits in World Series history--against Mariano Rivera, no less--after the D-Backs almost let the Yanks claim a fourth straight title.
19th best bWAR the game has seen. And he was simply a blast to watch.
I realize a number of my choices were obvious and/or unoriginal but I tried my best to adhere to the "first guy you come up with while not thinking about it" idea. What do y'all think?