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Cooperstown Bound: Jim Thome elected into Baseball Hall of Fame

26 January 2018, 02:22 | Stacy Ballard

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Edgar Martinez was the closest snub, appearing on 70.4% of the ballots. Clemens ticked up to 57.3 percent of the vote, Bonds to 56.4 in their sixth year of eligibility.

Jones was an eight-time All-Star third baseman for the Atlanta Braves. Jim Thome is eighth on the all-time homer list with 612 and Trevor Hoffman is second all time in saves. Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were the others. He plans to become the fourth player to enter the Hall as a Montreal Expo.

Hoffman, who racked up 601 career saves during an 18-year career spent nearly exclusively with the San Diego Padres, had no desire to dive into the steroid-era controversy on his election day.

The six living inductees match the most ever, and will be honored for their playing careers at a ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, in July. He will now be known as a Hall of Fame baseball player.

"Everything starts at your roots", Thome said Wednesday after learning the news. But this year, while their vote total continued to rise, the increase slowed down compared to previous years.

WFNY's own Michael Bode fills you in on just how good Thome was during his career, especially during his time with the Indians. It also took a few years to vote for Jim Rice before I got there.

Thome is the 13th player to be inducted whose primary team was the Indians.

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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. He finished his 19-season career, all of which he played for the Braves, with a.303 batting average and 468 home runs.

The same is true of Clemens, who won a record seven Cy Young Awards as top pitcher with 354 win, a 3.12 earned-run-average and 4,672 strikeouts in 24 seasons.

In my opinion, Bonds and Clemens were caught, so that's that.

Pudge went in as a first-timer on the ballot in 2017 at 76 percent, so that's that. Other players don't seem to have their stats adjusted for park factor and Francis points out that during his MVP season of 1997, for example, his home/road splits included the following: 20/29 home runs; 30/16 doubles; 1.169/1.176 OPS.

Pete Rose, permanently banned from Major League Baseball after an investigation into his betting on the game, didn't receive any write-in votes, as he often has in the past. Having covered the steroid era, my personal opinion has always been that their inclusion would be a stain on the Hall of Fame.

Rivera highlights the newcomers on next year's ballot, once again raising debate over whether any player will be unanimously elected to the Hall. "There are going to be some voters that will never vote for them, but I think they're gaining steam with some of the newer voters who are coming on and voting for the first time or two".

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