By Ross Sutton
After tallying the final votes, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman have been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame and all four players are very deserving of the honor. Chipper Jones (97.2%)* played all 19 seasons of his MLB career with the Atlanta Braves and was an easy vote for the writers. Jones finished his career with 468 homer runs, a .303 batting average, won one MVP award, won the World Series in 1995 and was an eight time all-star. Jim Thome (89.8%)* played for 22 years, mostly with the Cleveland Indians, and hit a whopping 612 home runs with a .402 OBP and was a five time all-star. Vladimir Guerrero (92.9%)* played for 16 years, mostly with the Montreal Expos and Los Angeles Angels, and hit 449 home runs while batting .318. Guerrero was the American League MVP in 2004 and has a nine time all-star over his career. Finally, Trevor Hoffman (79.9%)* pitched for 18 years, 16 of which were with the San Diego Padres, and racked up 601 saves with a 2.87 ERA.
Edgar Martinez fell just 19 votes short of the 75% needed to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his ninth year on the ballot. This means that Martinez has just one more try at getting into the hall next year, but I suspect he will be able to get 19 more votes next year. Martinez is an all-time great for the Seattle Mariners franchise, playing all 18 years with the club. During that time, he had 309 home runs while maintaining a career batting average of .312 with an on base percentage of .418. Martinez was also a seven time all-star and won two batting titles in 1992 and 1995.
Mike Mussina also has a good chance to be elected into the Hall of Fame in 2019 as the percentage of votes he has collected from the baseball writers has increased over the last few years. Mussina spent time with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees over the course of his 18 year career. During that time, he won 270 games, had an ERA of 3.68, was a five time all-star, and won 7 gold gloves.
The two most controversial players on this year’s ballot, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, missed the cutoff by collecting 56.4% and 57.3% of the vote, respectively. These two players have both had heavy connections to PEDs and some believe they have ruined the history of baseball. But Bonds and Clemens have also put up some of the best statistics baseball has ever seen. With 4 years remaining on the ballot for both legends, they will need to see a dramatic increase in votes next year in order to have a realistic chance at being elected.
*= percent of baseball writers that voted for player this year
All player stats courtesy of baseball reference
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