Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

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A well-deserved honor for a person gone way too soon.

Roy Halladay is one of four players to be part of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. He’s one of two in the class to be enshrined in their first year on the ballot.

The other is Mariano Rivera, who made even more history. Rivera became the first ever unanimous selection, an incredible feat for the greatest closer of all-time, and probably one of the very few Yankees people actually liked.

Edgar Martinez finally made it in his 10th and final year of eligibility. And so did Mike Mussina, in his sixth year. They’ll join Harold Baines and Lee Smith to complete the 2019 class.

As for the players that didn’t make it, Curt Schilling topped that list, getting 60.9% of votes in his sixth year. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds made a small uptick to 59% in their seventh years.

Here’s the complete list.

First off, Sammy Sosa fell off a cliff. Second, who the hell were the two voters that put Placido Polanco on their ballots? They should be stripped of their votes.

The induction ceremony will be held on July 21 in Cooperstown, New York.

The Roundup:

Start your hump day off with a brand new episode of the Crossing Broadcast.

After Monday’s win over James Harden, the Sixers are back in action tonight as they host the Spurs. Tip-off is at 8 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia and nationally on ESPN.

While we wait, let’s take a moment to appreciate Joel Embiid’s season.

Also tonight, the Delaware Blue Coats will host the Memphis Hustle in the opening of the brand new Sixers Fieldhouse.

Finally, will we see a dance-off like this again tonight in South Philly?

More reaction from the Carson Wentz story. More players continue to defend Wentz, while Joe Santoliquito said he’s the best thing for Wentz. That’s something I probably wouldn’t have said if I just wrote something like that on him.

Some Union content! Their preseason roster is… meh.

Meanwhile, rookie goaltender Matt Freese welcomed two Major League Lacrosse players for a shoot.

Being in the lacrosse world, this was something the league wanted to do. But there’s no team in Philly and one of the players (Bowes) lives in Boston. Plus, I didn’t know who Freese was until I saw that. Production was good, but idea could’ve been made better on a market with MLL and MLS teams. I’ll move on because none of you care.

One college hoops game involving local teams, which was Villanova taking down Butler 80-72. Eric Paschall led the way with 23 points.

In other sports news, Serena Williams blew a 5-1 3rd set lead in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

Could Marc Gasol and Mike Conley be on the trading block for Memphis?

The Edmonton Oilers fired general manager Peter Chiarelli, who was really bad at his job with one of the best players in the world.

In the news, Meek Mill and Jay-Z are starting a criminal justice reform organization.

There was a ground stop at Newark Airport after drones were seen flying in the area.

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