The first inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2019 were announced on Sunday night.


Harold Baines and Lee Smith have been elected to Cooperstown by the Today’s Game Committee of the ​Baseball Hall of Fame, which used to be known as the Veteran's Committee.

​​Baines was a designated hitter and right fielder from 1980-2001. He recorded 2,866 hits and 384 home runs during his 21-year career. 


Smith had an 18-year career as a relief pitcher that spanned from 1980-1997. He was an All-Star seven times in his career and recorded 40+ saves from 1991-93 prominently as a member of the ​St. Louis Cardinals.


While Smith and Baines are worthy of admission to the hall, one notable omission by the committee was former owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner.

Perhaps being kicked out of the game for a few years like Steinbrenner was in the early 1990s will delay your induction to Cooperstown.


The voting results for the main inductees of the class of 2019 will be announced by the Baseball Writers Association of American on Jan. 22.