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Thome is first Knight to make Baseball HOF

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That quartet will be enshrined in Cooperstown on July 29, along with former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, who were voted in by the Veterans Committee in December. It wasn't something that I wanted to overly worry about it. On his third year on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, the Baseball Writers Association finally wisened up, including a man who was a Hall of Famer on and off the baseball diamond. He is the career major league leader in walk-off home runs.

Hoffman was chosen in his third year.

Yahoo reported that voting percentages for Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield also went down this year.

Jones and Thome were selected in their first year of eligibility, with Jones receiving 97.2% of the vote and Thome 89.8%. He spent his entire 19-year career with Atlanta.

The Class of 2018 matches the biggest lineup of living players to be inducted since 1955, when Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons, Dazzy Vance, Home Run Baker and Ray Schalk were honored. He was named MVP of the 1999 season. In 93 career postseason games, Jones batted.287 (97-for-338) with 13 home runs and his 97 hits are the most of any National Leaguer in Major League Baseball history. He ranks eighth all time in home runs and seventh in walks. "That's the first time I've ever seen it in 47 years", MASN broadcaster Jim Palmer said of Guerrero's feat. "I'm living it today". Guerrero's career batting average is sixth-highest among players with at least 400 career home runs. He finished in the top 10 of MVP voting 10 different times, winning the award in 2004 with the Anaheim Angels. After six years there, Guerrero made an All-Star team for the Texas Rangers and helped lead them to their first AL championship, in 2010.

As for the other inductees, they are all worthy, Vladimir Guerrero averaged 30+ homers with a.318 average over his career. A fast runner in his early years, with an overpowering right field arm, Guerrero could hit almost any pitch in any location.

Not far behind him was Mike Mussina at 63.5 percent, with his numbers also suggesting a strong chance at induction in the coming years.

"I didn't sleep", he said. "In order for you to hit the ball, you have to be able to hit balls down on the ground". If Jim can do it, maybe you could too.

Morgan's letter said: "We hope the day never comes when known steroid users are voted into the Hall of Fame".

At Zona Zealots, we're excited for the nomination of Trevor, and congratulate him on a wonderful career! The former Padres closer used an outstanding changeup to post 601 saves, second to Mariano Rivera's 652, and revved up fans in San Diego with rocking entrances to "Hells Bells" by AC/DC.

Following the 1989 season, Hoffman was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round as a shortstop. The pitch came in so slowly that it made his modest fastball play up.

"We have a large class", Hoffman said. "I'm ecstatic to get in".

Thome, meanwhile, hit 612 home runs, and anyone over 600 without a link to steroids is pretty much a Hall of Fame lock.

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