Hoffman elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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

Trevor Hoffman might be the second best closer in MLB history if not top five easy, much deserving for one of the top pitchers ever to throw a baseball! He received 89.8 percent of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America, easily surpassing the 75-percent required to earn a plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The country star jumped on social media to congratulate legendary Atlanta Braves infielder Chipper Jones, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this week. "In fact, Jones" 97.2 percent is the 10th highest all time. Along with Rivera, the big names scheduled to become eligible next year will include the late Roy Halladay.

If you've followed along during the Hall of Fame voting season or even just glanced at the of hall tracker Ryan Thibodaux's Twitter feed, you'll see that Clemens and Bonds both polled well in their sixth go-around.

Jones and Thome made it on their first year on the ballot, Guerrero got in on his second, while the third time was the charm for Hoffman. Hall President Jeff Idelson reminded all of how rare the honor is: There have been 19,183 men to appear in a major league game, and the Hall has just 323 elected members, including 226 players.

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Schilling's total jumped up from 45 percent last year, but last year's total fell sharply from the year before, so it's hard to predict how he'll be viewed by future voters.

"One of the stories you'd hear about him coming through the Colorado system was about his intangibles, his instincts for baseball", he says. Baseball voters have been doing it since the time when batting average, RBIs and home runs were the only standards for hitters, and ERA and wins were what pitchers got rewarded for when they signed contracts for the next year.

Bonds's chances of reaching the Hall looked good previous year, after his vote percentage rose from 44.3 percent in 2016 to 53.8 percent in 2017. Bonds, the career home run leader and a seven-time MVP, reached 56.4 percent, up from 53.8 percent. "I either strike him out or get weak contact or he hits a bomb".

If there's one new Hall of Famer the Orioles are most familiar with, it's Thome. Both former players' eligibility expires in the year 2022. After 12 seasons in Cleveland, Thome joined the Phillies prior to the 2003 season and was the first big-name player signed by a rebuilding club that was looking to take the next step, not unlike the current situation in which the team finds itself.

There's also a good chance Barry Bonds and the rest of the suspected steroid users on the ballot won't make it.

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