Jones, Guerrero among new Hall of Fame inductees

Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones

Players being considered for the first time next year will include pitcher Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton and dominant Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. According to CBSSports.com, Guerrero had 71.7% of votes in 2017. Hoffman's conversion is the most successful since Hall of Famer Bob Lemon switched to the mound in 1946. I believe Bonds and Clemens would have been Hall of Famers in any era. He retired following the 2012 season and had his Atlanta Braves jersey retired in 2013. For starters, he had a lifetime batting average of.301. The guy was a horse and the one you wanted on the bump in a must-win situation. He was incredibly constant and was very rarely injured. He only appeared in nine games in 2003 after having two shoulder surgeries during the offseason.

Bonds hit 762 home runs over 22 seasons, remained popular - even amid controversy - in San Francisco from 1993-2007. His election puts another member of those Braves clubs in Cooperstown, along with pitchers John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, manager Bobby Cox and general manager John Schuerholz. Hoffman, however, polled slightly higher on the nonpublic ballots (74.2 percent to 72.7 percent).

Thome spent most of his career with the Cleveland Indians. He had one season with the Marlins and two with the Brewers. Perhaps his most memorable moment with the team came the next season in the team's now famous "Blackout" AL Central Tiebreaker Game against the Twins.

Thome, then 39, appeared to be nearing the end of his career when he signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Twins on January 26, 2010. For Former Wildcat Trevor Hoffman, he will forever go down as one of the greats! Also, he had a 2.78 ERA which is great for an eighteen-year career.

Guerrero gained entry in his second year on the ballot. He's possibly the best hitter, and certainly the best power hitter of all-time, but he has a cloud of alleged steroid use hanging over his head.

The writers elected only four players between 2010-2013, causing considerable consternation with the shutout in that previous year. Most of the public voters tend to be active baseball writers still covering the beat in some fashion, voters who are younger and more apt to be aware of Martinez's strong showing in advanced metrics. "Plus, it's never a bad thing to have another Expo enshrined following Gary Carter, Andre Dawson and Tim Raines".

This is his first year of eligibility. He is only of only five players in Major League Baseball history to total at least 500 homers, 1,500 runs, 1,600 RBI and 1,700 walks. He broke into the big leagues in 1991 but didn't become an everyday player until three seasons later. During his 13 years with the Indians, Thome had a.287/.414/.566 slash line (152 OPS+) with 337 home runs, 937 RBIs, and 264 doubles in 4,711 at-bats. He also did not care what the cynical baseball fan or (at-times) ruthless media said about him. However, there are a few who are wild cards. Mike Mussina started out at 20.3 percent in 2014; he had 70.9 percent support among voters who revealed their ballots in advance.

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