Chipper Jones leads four into baseball's Hall of Fame

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For baseball greats; Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman, they're invited to hit the road to Upstate New York and join the names of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Hank Aaron.

Just missing the cut was Mariners legend Edgar Martinez (70.4), whose bid to become the first player who served primarily as a designated hitter to make the Hall will have to wait another year.

Many predicted that this would be the year slugger Barry Bonds and right-hander Roger Clemens, two high-profile suspects from the steroids era, would take significant steps toward Cooperstown.

Thome led the American League in walks three times in his Indians career, and hit 20 or more home runs in each of his last nine full seasons with the Tribe (1994-2002), including a personal best, and team-record, 52 round-trippers in 2002. Guerrero (92.9 percent) and Hoffman (79.9) made it on their second try.

Guerrero played one season in Albany, in 1995 with the Polecats within the Montreal Expos system.

Hoffman was one of MLB's most reliable closers starting in 1994, his first full season with the San Diego Padres after being acquired from the Florida Marlins the previous year.

One of the more underrated sports aspects of the month of January, amidst all of the playoff football and NBA basketball, is that it's truly the front half of Hall of Fame season in baseball and football, the half where the new classes are unveiled and announced.

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The 2018 class induction ceremony will happen on July 29 in Cooperstown, N.Y. Harold Reynolds himself, in the interview with Thome, highlighted his kind personality joking "his niceness got him into the Hall of Fame".

However, he is trending in the right direction as he got 34.1 percent of the vote, a18.6 percent in the ballots since getting 15.5 percent of the vote in 2016 and a gain of 23.9 percent since 2014 when he got 10.2 percent of the vote on his fourth ballot in 2014. Even so, the Phillies honored Thome with a plaque in their Wall of Fame, and the Indians built a statue of him at their ballpark.

Also, Thome had a.402 on-base, .554 slugging and.956 on-base-plus-slugging percentages over a career that spanned parts of three decades and included 2,543 games played.

His 449 career home runs are tied with fellow Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell for 40th in Major League Baseball history. Bonds got 56.4% and Clemens got 57.3%, averaging an increase of about 3%.

He spent all of his 19-year-career with the Braves, amassing a career batting average of.303 and 468 home runs.

They have a long, long way to go if they hope to break 75 percent on any of the next four ballots. Next year Mariano Rivera is on the ballot. Ex-Devil Ray Aubrey Huff didnt receive any votes and dropped off the ballot, as did Johnny Damon (eight votes). Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte and the late Roy Halladay also will be first-time candidates. It makes it look like either you don't think Jones should be in the Hall, are trying to make a point, or just a complete moron.

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