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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Brewers have announced contract extensions and promotions for two key members of the front office that's been so successful in getting Milwaukee back into the postseason. David Stearns will now hold the title of President -- Baseball Operations and General Manager, while Rick Schlesinger is now President -- Business Operations.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

From one Yankees pitcher to another, Andy Pettitte's message to Mariano: "When I look back on my career, many of my best memories directly involve you. This is a pretty obvious statement, but I wouldn't want anyone else closing out a game that I started."

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Mike Mussina was often underrated for being so good yet just shy of some of the game's big feats: A game shy of a World Series ring (2001), an out shy of a perfect game (2001), second place in the Cy Young voting (1999). Finally he's recognized for a Hall of Fame career.

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.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Roy Halladay's eight seasons of at least 5 WAR is still the most by any pitcher this century — more than Kershaw, more than Verlander, more than King Felix. A bittersweet, but well deserved honor for him to make the Hall of Fame on his first ballot.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The baseball writers have elected a stellar class of 2019 to the Hall of Fame: the greatest closer of all time, the greatest DH of all time, the best pitcher of the 2000s and the most underrated starter of the past 25 years. Welcome to Cooperstown, Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina. And Rivera goes in with an exclamation point: the first unanimous selection by the BBWAA.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

What more is there to say about Mariano Rivera? I still like this stat: He had 10 seasons of at least 3 WAR, which is four more than any other relief pitcher in history has had in a career. And that's just the regular season — he also has the best postseason ERA of any pitcher all-time (0.70).

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Congratulations to new Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez — it's about time he was honored! Martinez is one of only 15 players in history with at least .300/.400/.500 career slash rates and at least 2,000 games played. The only two remaining who aren't in the Hall: Todd Helton and Manny Ramirez, both currently on the ballot.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Braves re-signed Nick Markakis to a team-friendly $4 million deal for 2019 with a $6 million option for 2020 (or a $2 million buyout). If Markakis can repeat his 2.6-WAR season, it's a bargain, but that was his best year since 2011. Given his age, it's possible he doesn't really push the Braves closer to the NL East title. I'd like to see more off days (he played every game last year) and maybe even a platoon with Adam Duvall.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Last season, 34-year-old Nick Markakis played in 162 games for the NL East champion Braves, made his first All-Star team and and won a Gold Glove. He earned $11 million. Today, he re-signed with the Braves on one-year, $4 million deal with a team option for 2020 worth $6 million, which if not picked up by the Braves will reportedly trigger a $2 million buyout. Post-30 free agency just isn't what it used to be.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

I'll give Asdrubal Cabrera this: He sure is consistent. He's the only middle infielder in baseball with at least a .260 batting average, 14 home runs and 50 RBIs in each of the past four seasons. Texas' park is a plus for him, too, giving him great odds at a fifth straight.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Since 2000, there have been six instances of a player attempting a stolen base on at least 45% of their opportunities (those calculated by Baseball-Reference.com) in a season: 57.0% Billy Hamilton, 2015 54.9% Rajai Davis, 2011 50.0% Davis, 2012 47.6% Adalberto Mondesi, 2018 46.4% Davis, 2013 46.2% Hamilton, 2014