Chipper Jones leads four into baseball's Hall of Fame

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones celebrates with teammates after scoring a home run on his 2700th career hit in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Atlanta. Jones was among those electe

While Chipper Jones received an overwhelming majority of votes to gain entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, not everyone was so enamored of the beloved ex-Atlanta Brave to vote for him.

Despite spending his entire career in the National League with the Atlanta Braves, Jones played more games against the Orioles than you might think - 32, to be precise.

In 22 total seasons, however, Thome hit.276/.402/.554 with 612 home runs, 1,699 RBIs, and 2,348 hits.

Vladimir Guerrero, 42, was one of four players elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The nine-time All-Star slugger played half his career with the Montreal Expos.

Other former Phils who got votes included closer Billy Wagner, who was listed on 11.1 percent of the ballots, and third baseman Scott Rolen (10.2).

Trevor Hoffman was the Major League Baseball career leader in saves when he retired with 601, before being passed by Mariano Rivera.

Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is a privilege.

The four players will be enshrined in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 29.

"I am honored to offer my congratulations to Jim Thome on his first-ballot election today into Baseball's Hall of Fame", said Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox chairman.




Martinez made a big move up to 70.4 percent and fell 20 votes short in his next-to-last year on the ballot.

"It would have been great to get in this year, but it looks great for next year", Martinez said on a conference call.

Jim Thome was one of the most feared players of his generation, but after spending the first chunk of his career with the Indians, he bounced around all over the league. The fact he was a DH most of his career worked against him, as did his relative lack of home runs and playing most of his career in relative obscurity in Seattle. He finished his career with over 2,500 hits and 449 career home runs.

While Thome appeared in the postseason for five franchises - the Indians, the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Baltimore Orioles - he did not get there with the Philadelphia Phillies, who signed him away from Cleveland with a lucrative free agent offer in December 2002. For me, Clemens and Bonds, while imperfect, don't fit the category of "banished".

At some point, seven Cy Young Awards and an MVP award (Clemens), and seven MVP awards (Bonds) become hard to ignore, even for the most jaded voter.

Pudge went in as a first-timer on the ballot in 2017 at 76 percent, so that's that. That completes his sixth year on the ballot.

But long before Thome belted home runs in the World Series, the Peoria, Illinois, native developed a love for the game and credits his upbringing as part of the reason he was able to have success and eventually, find his way to the Hall of Fame.

"Carlos Lee received a vote".

There are now 323 people in the Hall, including a rush of 23 elected by the BBWAA and veterans panels in the last five years.

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