COOPERSTOWN – The Baseball Hall of Fame’s ballot for next year’s Induction is being mailed this week to the 400 voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. It includes pitcher Mariano Rivera among 20 new candidates.
Others include pitchers Roy Halladay and Andy Pettitte; infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young, Miguel Tejada and Plácido Polanco; and outfielder Juan Pierre will join 15 holdovers from the 2018 balloting
Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by selected BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of MLB coverage to gain election.
Standing in front of Minnesota Twins infielder Rod Carew’s plaque, Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera reflected on the legacy of the first Panamanian elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for him,” he said. “He made it possible for me to follow him.” Rivera, the first player elected to the Hall of Fame with 100 percent of the votes on the ballot, toured the Hall this morning as part of his pre-induction initiation, signing the spot where his plaque will be hung during the July 21 induction and posing with a fan, at right. “If you told me when I got on a plane to the United States at age 20 to play baseball, that after playing 19 years I would be sitting here, I wouldn’t have believed you,” he said. “It’s freezing outside, but being here warms my heart.” (Patrick Wager, AllOTSEGO.com)
SCHENEVUS – Felicita Rivera, 81, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, at Albany Medical Center. She retired to Schenevus 15 years ago, near her daughter Dinah and son Barry.She was born on May 2, 1935 in Humacao, Puerto Rico; the daughter of Aureo and Petra (Sanchez) Jimenez.
In addition to her daughter and son, she is survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her brothers and sisters and her numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
COOPERSTOWN – Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson just announced Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera have been elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the Class of 2019 and will be inducted into the Hall at the end of July.
Rivera went in with 100 percent support, the first inductee ever to get a unanimous vote.
GUILFORD – Executing a “no knock” search warrant here yesterday, Chenango County deputies and Sidney village police report seizing 280 packets of heroin, an ounce of cocaine, drug scales, packaging material and cash.
The resident of 104 Spreutels Lane, Samuel Rivera, was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled in the Third Degree (Class B Felony), Criminal Nuisance in the First Degree (Class E Felony), and two counts of Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia. He was arraigned on $10,000 bail.
COOPERSTOWN – The National Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the cap selections that will appear on the plaques for each of the six members of the Hall of Fame class of 2019:
Harold Baines – Chicago White Sox logo; Roy Halladay – no logo; Edgar Martinez – Seattle Mariners logo; Mike Mussina – no logo; Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees logo, and Lee Smith – Chicago Cubs logo.
COOPERSTOWN – The Village of Cooperstown is encouraging residents to vote for the Cooperstown Fire Department for the 2019 Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame. The Fire Department is one of 25 candidates on the ballot, which also includes Bruce Hall, the Cooperstown Farmers Market and the Cooperstown Food Pantry. Voting open to public at www.AllOTSEGO.com.
►THE FENIMORE ART MUSEUM
has received a $186,330 grant for a comprehensive catalog of the works of the 19th-century artist Eastman Johnson from The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts.
COOPERSTOWN – With new surround sound, a state-of-the-art projector and a brand-new film, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Grandstand Theater is set for re-opening this weekend as part of the museum’s annual Classic Weekend.
“Baseball fans come to the Hall of Fame looking for that ‘wow’ moment, and the new “Generations of the Game” introductory film, shown in the beautifully renovated and state-of-the-art Grandstand Theater, sets the stage and delivers an emotional foundation for a memorable Museum experience,” said Jeff Idelson, Hall of Fame president.