Four Elected to MLB Hall of Fame
One of the greatest third baseman of all time, a prodigious home run hitter, a man who dominated offensive statistics for a decade and one of the great closers in MLB history were named to baseball's Hall of Fame today.
Chipper Jones and Jim Thome were elected in their first year of eligibility, while Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were named in their second year. It's only the fourth time in history that four members were elected in the same year, the last coming in 2015.
They will join Detroit Tigers' greats Alan Trammel and Jack Morris in induction ceremonies next summer.
None of those elected was a surprise.
Jones is third all time in home runs by a switch hitter. He hit over .300 for his career, was an eight time all star and won an MVP award. Guerrero was named to the all star team nine times His .318 batting average is sixth highest among players with 400 or more home runs.
Speaking of home runs, Thome hit 612 home runs, eighth on the all-time list. He hit 13 walk-off home runs in his 22 seasons, tops all time.
Hoffman retired as baseball's all-time saves leader, since surpassed by Mariano Rivera. His nine seasons with 40 or more saves is tied with Rivera for most all-time.
Former Seattle Mariners' third baseman/designated hitter Edgar Martinez received 70.4 percent of the vote, 20 shy of election. He will appear on the ballot for the final time next year.