February 19, 2018

MLB Hall of Fame Results: Class List of Inductees, Voting Results

25 January 2018, 01:20 | Randolph Howard

Former Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman elected into Baseball Hall of Fame

Trevor Hoffman voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

But to many, his late-game credentials remain unparalleled by anyone outside of Mariano Rivera, nearly certainly a first-ballot inductee in 2019. For another, each one has unassailable Hall of Fame credentials. "Next year I hope to take a fresh look at Scott Rolen, Larry Walker and, if he stays on the ballot, Andruw Jones".

Unfortunately, former Indians legends Omar Vizquel and Manny Ramirez were not elected this year, but still have a chance in the future after receiving enough votes.

But if their cases have stalled - they each only gained two votes from returning voters, according to ballots made public by voters and tabulated by the Hall of Fame Ballot Tracker - getting to 75 percent is looking a lot tougher. Former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman and Seattle Mariners slugger Edgar Martinez could clear the 75-percent threshold as well, based on exit polling. Since then, the BBWAA has given its stamp of approval to 16 greats, including 13 over the last four years, the largest number ever in such a span. Thome was at 89.8 percent. He is only one of five players in history with at least 500 home runs, 1,500 runs scored, 1,600 RBI and 1,700 walks. The votes have been calculated and the new class of baseball immortals [VIDEO] is here.

Hoffman came within one percentage point of election a year ago but faced some skepticism because closers like him typically pitch about one-third of the innings of top starters.

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Pitchers Curt Schilling and Bobby Wagner's numbers are steadily increasing, but they will have to wait for another time.

Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Indians for over 30 years for the Akron Beacon Journal, will be honored as the annual victor of the BBWAA J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

The results are in: four players were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and will represent the Class of 2018. He is the fifth of nine members of the 600 home run club to make it (Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa have failed to be elected, while Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols are not yet eligible). Mark Duncan, AP Jim Thome was a five-time All-Star. FOCUS ON SPORTS A six-time All-Star, Alan Trammell won the World Series with the Tigers in 1984. Thome didn't break out until 1995, when he belted 25 homers with a.314/.438/.558 slash line. It cleared the center field fence and found its way out of the ballpark. The ballpark opened in 1994. Voting for a designated hitter or relief pitcher means devaluing the workload of a position player or starting pitcher. With all due respect to that honor, Thome has a bigger honor coming his way in 2018.

The slugger praised his longtime hitting coach, Charlie Manuel, for all the work they did together. It unlocked the door to Thome's power. The outfielder was a notorious bad-ball hitter, batting.318 with 449 homers and 1,496 RBIs. It would be lovely to think of Thome as one of them, especially given his reputation as one of the true nice guys of baseball.

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