The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 of Bagwell, Rodriguez, and Raines are a solid trio
The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was announced by the voters Baseball Writers Association of America, and they picked Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, and Tim Raines, made it to Cooperstown. Meanwhile, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, moved up a bit closer to gaining entrance to Cooperstown.
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Looking at the trio who made The Hall, Bagwell, the first baseman whose power and patience provided more than a decade of middle-of-the-lineup thunder for the Houston Astros, received 86.2 percent of the vote from the 442 in the Baseball Writers Association of America who cast ballots. Raines, a do-everything outfielder, whose best days was as a member of the Montreal Expos, who joins an underrepresented group of leadoff hitters enshrined, earned 86.0 percent, former star catcher, most of his career with the Texas Rangers, Rodriguez had 76.0 percent in his first year. It takes 75 percent of the vote to make it to Cooperstown.
Two guys Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero will have to wait at least one more year, falling just short of getting inducted into Cooperstown.
Hoffman received 327 of 442 total votes on BBWAA ballots this year, earning 74.0% of the vote in his second year on the ballot, up from 67.3% in 2016. Hoffman fell just five votes of induction.
Guerrero received 71.7% in his first year on the ballot, falling 15 vote.
Hoffman is second on the all-time saves list with 601, behind only Mariano Rivera, and posted a 2.87 ERA in 1,035 games, a 141 ERA+ in his 18-year career with the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.
Guerrero hit 449 home runs and 477 doubles in his 16-year career with the Montreal Expos, Angels, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. The outfielder with the rocket arm and plate coverage like no other hit .318/.379/.553, a 140 OPS+.
He made nine All-Star teams, won eight Silver Slugger Awards, and won the 2004 American League MVP in 2004, his first year in Anaheim.
Meanwhile, Bonds got 238 votes, or 53.9 percent, and Clemens got 239, or 54.1 percent. Others on the ballot to fall short included Edgar Martinez (58.6%), and Mike Musinna (51.8%), the only others to receive 50% of the vote.