Chipper Jones, Vlad Guerrero Among 4 To Join Baseball Hall Of Fame

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Chipper Jones, Vlad Guerrero Among 4 To Join Baseball Hall Of Fame

Other candidates making the Hall of Fame include Jim Thome, Vlad Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.

The four-player class voted into Cooperstown by the writers ties the Class of 2015 as the biggest such group in the past 60 years.

Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) is set to release their 2018 Hall of Fame class Wednesday at 5 p.m. on MLB Network.

Hoffman played for the Brewers the last two years of his 18-year career before retiring after the 2010 season. Walker, in his eighth year on ballot, received 21.9 percent last year and has hovered around 20 percent on a crowded ballot.

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are now on their sixth ballots (players remain for 10 years).

Jones, considered among the handful of greatest switch-hitters and third basemen in history, threatened but failed to equal Ken Griffey Jr.'s record for the largest percentage of "yes" votes; Griffey was named on 99.3 per cent of ballots in 2016.

Jones spoke on a conference call about a half-hour after becoming a Hall of Famer on his first try.

He was the 2004 American League Most Valuable Player in his first season as an Angel, leading the league in runs (124) and total bases (366) while batting.337/.391/.598 with 39 homers, 126 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. Chipper Jones topped IBWAA's list collecting 98.82 percent of the votes.

Bonds, meanwhile, picked up a few more votes over past year.

They will join veterans committee inductees Jack Morris and Alan Trammell at the July 29 ceremony. The former Giants star was picked on 56.4 percent of the ballots, far short of the 75 percent threshold.

Personally, I think it's a real shame that we spend way more time and energy arguing over who didn't get in than celebrating who did get in.

A lifetime.272 hitter, Vizquel had 456 doubles, 77 triples and 80 home runs along with 951 runs batted in, 1,445 runs scored, 1,028 walks against 1,087 strikeouts, 404 stolen bases, 256 sacrifice hits and 94 sacrifice flies.

A standout at Limestone High School in Bartonville, Illinois and then Illinois Central College, Thome played in the majors for 22 years, spending three-and-a-half years with the White Sox from 2006-2009.

Hoffman, who's 601 saves ranks second all-time behind Mariano Rivera, had nine seasons of 40 or more saves, including 53 in 1998. Next year is the last of Martinez's 10 years on the BBWAA ballot. He's never directly linked with performance-enhancing drugs despite playing in the middle of the steroid era.

A strong class for 2018, and some great names all queued up to get in next year as well. The Marlins also brought Thielbar to spring training past year before releasing him in late March.

They still have a chance to make a surge next year, because the ballot will not be almost so crowded with strong candidates. Johan Santana and Andruw Jones - who are, at the very least, interesting candidates - are not assured of the 5percent necessary to stay on the ballot.

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