Bonds and Clemens remained noticeably absent. Both provided sensational highlights in their respective careers, but allegations of performance-enhancing drugs continue to cloud the players' achievements. Bonds (from 56.4 to 59.1 percent) and Clemens (from 57.3 to 59.5) received an uptick in votes this year, but remain greatly below the 75 percent required to gain entry.
The two players have three years of eligibility remaining on the ballot.
Rivera became the first player in baseball history to enter the Hall of Fame as a unanimous choice.
Combined with the selections of Harold Baines and Lee Smith by the Today's Game Era Committee in December, it'll be a six-man class this year.
The Class of 2019 induction ceremony takes place on July 21 in Cooperstown, New York.