Former Twin Jim Thome among 4 chosen for Hall of Fame

2 Former No. 1 overall picks in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Former Twin Jim Thome among 4 chosen for Hall of Fame
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26 January, 2018

Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez fell 20 votes shy with 70.4 percent, while pitcher Mike Mussina climbed to 63.5 percent.

Bonds (on 56.4% of the ballots this year) and Clemens (57.3%) - two players tainted by ties to the steroids era - have had almost identical voting results in each of their six years of eligibility.

Third baseman Chipper Jones starred in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves. Jim Thome is eighth on the all-time homer list with 612 and Trevor Hoffman is second all time in saves.

Jones got in with 92.2% of the vote, Guerrero wound up with 92.9%, Thome with 89.8, and Hoffman with 79.9%.

Guerrero was the last superstar for the Montreal Expos, electrifying the franchise for most of its final seasons.

Former Arizona Wildcat legend Trevor Hoffman was selected for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon. The four new members will be inducted on July 29 in Cooperstown, New York.

Jones, 45, joins Ken Griffey Jr.as the only No. 1 overall picks in the baseball draft to wind up in the Hall of Fame.

"Barry Bonds is the best baseball player that I've ever seen don a uniform", Jones said.

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WFNY's own Michael Bode fills you in on just how good Thome was during his career, especially during his time with the Indians.

This year marked only the fourth time that there were four inductees in a single class. You'll also hear from cleveland.com Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes, who covered Thome's entire career in Cleveland as well as stints with teams such as the White Sox and Twins.

In general, the debate about Walker seems to centre around how much playing 597 of his 1,988 career games at hitter-friendly Coors Field influenced those numbers. Bonds, the career home runs leader and a seven-time MVP, reached 56.4 percent, up from 53.8 percent. The outfielder was a notorious bad-ball hitter, batting.318 with 449 homers and 1,496 RBIs.

Andruw Jones was the most interesting case at the bottom of the ballot, as he polled right around the 5 percent cutoff line in public voting tabulated by Ryan Thibodaux. Surely Bonds and Clemens were hoping the trend would continue in 2018.

"Carlos Lee received a vote".

They still have a chance to make a surge next year, because the ballot will not be almost so crowded with strong candidates.

While this pleases the likes of Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who mailed a screed to voters in November about the dystopia that would result if unnamed "cheaters" were elected, he should probably take another tack next year - skywriting, perhaps - since his letter did not stop some perceptible momentum in favor of Clemens and Bonds. Rivera, who retired in 2013, comes up for election in December, with Roy Halladay, Andy Pettitte, Todd Helton and Lance Berkman among the other first-time candidates.


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