Tonight, the world found out who was given the biggest honor in baseball. Those voted in the MLB 2018 Hall of Fame class were Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman. There were as many as seven different players who could have made it in. Thome and Jones were first balloters.
Chipper Jones played the hot corner for an Atlanta Braves team that made the playoffs nearly every year. He was an MVP one time, an all-star eight times and finished 2nd in rookie of the year. The prolific switch hitter batted .303, had more walks than strikeouts, 468 home runs, 1623 RBIs, and a .401 OBP.
One of the best five tool players to ever play the game, Vladimir Guerrero made a career of being a bad ball hitter and showing off an absolute cannon in right field for most notably the Expos and Angels. Guerrero was a one time MVP and a nine time all-star. He hit .318, had 477 doubles, 449 home runs and drove in 1496 runs.
Big Jim Thome could hit balls out of the park effortlessly. He also was strong as an ox and because of this was able to play for 22 years. He was never a league MVP, but was constantly the best player on the stacked 90’s Indians teams. Thome is eighth all time in home runs at 612, he drove in 1699 runs and finished his career with a .402 obp.
Closers come in to nail down wins and Trevor Hoffman is one of the best to ever do it. The man played most of his career in San Diego and when “Hell’s Bells” played teams knew their chances of winning went down. Trevor lead the league in saves twice and saved more than 40 games 10 times in his career. He is second all time with 601 saves all time.
Edgar Martinez finished with 70.4% and many believe he will make it next year. Mike Mussina was also close and should be close or get in again next year. The biggest surprises were Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds only going up by ~3%.
Congratulations to the four baseball greats.
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