Re: should MARIANO RIVERIA be the FIRST unanimous HOF selection... EVER?
posted at 3/10/2013 11:54 AM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
In response to LloydDobler's comment:
He most definitely should be unanimous. But the fact that Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, etc., weren't unanimous is a joke.
Just like Pedro. If someone like Mays isn't unanimous, there is no point making anyone unanimous. Mo might be the best closer in history, but no one would ever consider trading Mays even up for Mo.
The vote is not just based on ability.
How you represent the game.
Mo in involved in many charities and fund raisers both in his home country and in the USA.
Mo just recently raised a half of mil to rehab a church in New Rochelle to convert it into a communiity center.
Rivera is involved with philanthropic contributions in his native Panama, which include building an elementary school and a church, providing Christmas gifts to children, and developing a program that provides computer access and adult mentors to youths. The Mariano Rivera Foundation annually distributes more than $500,000 to underprivileged children in the US and Panama through church-based institutions. Rivera intends to dedicate himself to philanthropy after retiring from baseball. In 2012, The Giving Back Fund estimated that he donated $627,500 to charity in 2010, ranking him as the 25th-most generous celebrity on a list that the fund compiled.