2018 celebrates newest MLB Hall of Fame Inductees

Jan 26, 2018, 02:19
2018 celebrates newest MLB Hall of Fame Inductees

Sure, there remain some curmudgeonly, old-time members of the Baseball Writers Association of American who can't bring themselves to vote for Hoffman; the thought being that nearly all relievers should be kept out of Cooperstown.

Jones, the 1999 NL MVP, played 19 seasons, all of them with the Atlanta Braves.

Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and Jim Thome were all surrounded by their loved ones, but each reacted to the announcements in a slightly different way.

Guerrero was the last superstar for the Montreal Expos, electrifying the franchise for most of its final seasons.

DH extraordinaire Edgar Martinez was not, falling 20 votes shy of the 317 needed — 75 percent of the 422 ballots cast — in his penultimate year of eligibility.

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Longtime Padres closer Trevor Hoffman owned a career 2.87 ERA and 601 saves over his 18-year career.

Well, the criteria given to voters by the Hall of Fame reads as such: "Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team (s) on which the player played".

Induction is set for July 29th in Cooperstown.

Given those dramatic increases, it looked like Hall of Fame voters were starting to think differently about baseball's PED era.

After six years on the ballot, Bonds and Clemens remain a ways off, with Clemens picking up three votes (from 239 to 242) and Bonds remaining the same at 238.

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Jim Thome played baseball at Limestone High School and attended Illinois Central College holds a never-ending resume of success.

"I still can't believe it", Guerrero, the first position player from the Dominican Republic to make the Hall, told ESPN Deportes on Wednesday.

On Aug. 15, 2011, Thome became the eighth player in major-league history (at the time) to clear 600 homers when, one inning after collecting No. 599, he clobbered a 2-1 curveball from Tigers lefthander Daniel Schlereth into the Tigers' bullpen in Detroit. Executive vice president Dan Duquette acquired him June 30, 2012, from Philadelphia, perhaps inspired by an interleague series earlier that season in which Thome went 6-for-13 with a homer and four RBIs as the Phillies' designated hitter at Camden Yards. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young victor, received 57.3 percent of the vote. For me, Clemens and Bonds, while imperfect, don't fit the category of "banished". Ex-Devil Ray Aubrey Huff didnt receive any votes and dropped off the ballot, as did Johnny Damon (eight votes).

They still have a chance to make a surge next year, because the ballot will not be almost so crowded with strong candidates. Jones knocked 468 home runs out of the park. "We talk about it at the Hall of Fame, and he just sent a letter to us that this is what we're going to send to the writers". Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte and the late Roy Halladay also will be first-time candidates.

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