The class of 2015 are quite an elite. It will only be the third time in Hall of Fame history that four players have been elected in the same year, with Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz all entering Cooperstown today. The induction ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30 am Arizona time, and will be broadcast on the MLB Network. It will also be available on MLB.com and BaseballHall.org, and through MLB.com At Bat. The Diamondbacks, for their part, will be opening the gates to Chase Field early tomorrow, at 11am, so that fans can watch Randy's ceremony on the Jumbotron there.
It has also been announced that the Hall of Fame plaques for the players concerned will temporarily leave Cooperstown in the weeks to come, to visit the parks of their respective teams, so fans can see them up close. For Randy Johnson's plaque, it will be at Chase Field for the games taking place on August 7-0 - the second of which is also the day on which the Big Unit's #51 will be retired by the Diamondbacks, to hang alongside the numbers of Luis Gonzalez and Jackie Robinson high above the park. We'll get to that in due course; for now, this will be our open thread for today's induction ceremony. It promises to be a memorable one.