Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
The biggest shock of Tuesday's Hall of Fame announcement is clearly the 100 percent total announced for Mariano Rivera, if only because you usually can't get 425 sportswriters to agree on anything. Does he "deserve" to be the first unanimous pick? Like Clint Eastwood said, deserve really has nothing to do with it. Many others should have been unanimous -- Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Hank Aaron, just to name a few -- but the fact they weren't is a kind of sunk cost. Now that the seal is off, we can forget about this "first unanimous pick" barrier. I would not be surprised if Derek Jeter becomes the second unanimous pick next year. Beyond that, it's not too inspiring that Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Larry Walker and Curt Schilling all lost double-digits in percentage points from their final tracking numbers from the shadow voters. Those folks are entitled to their opinions, but to me, baseball fans deserve to know their reasoning.