A crowded poll as soon as once more has resulted in a crowded home in Cooperstown.
The Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America introduced on Wednesday night time that it has elected 4 new members — Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman — for induction into the Baseball Corridor of Fame.
Jones acquired 97.2 % of the vote, Guerrero 92.9 %, Thome 89.eight % and Hoffman 79.9 %.
Edgar Martinez fell simply shy of the required 75 % for induction, leaving this group one member wanting matching the report for the biggest class elected by the BBWAA).
The preliminary Corridor quintet in 1936 featured Babe Ruth and fellow early 20th century legends Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson.
This yr’s whole additionally pushes the variety of BBWAA electees to 16 over the previous 5 years, after solely 10 gamers had been so honored over the earlier eight voting cycles, together with zero inductees in 2013.
Jones and Thome had been thought of locks of their first yr of eligibility, and each cruised into the Corridor with at the least 90 % of the vote.
Chipper, was a longtime divisional nemesis of the Mets because the star third baseman of the Atlanta Braves. The 1999 NL MVP completed his profession as an eight-time All-Star with 468 house runs, third-most by a switch-hitter in baseball historical past.
Thome clubbed 612 homers over 22 major-league seasons, good for eighth on the all-time listing. Guerrero, who posted a slash line of .318/.379/.553 with 449 homers, made a big after falling simply quick in his poll debut one yr in the past at 71.7 %.
Hoffman ranks second behind solely Mariano Rivera in profession saves with 601 and made the Corridor in his third yr of eligibility, after ending 5 votes shy of enshrinement final yr.
Martinez, the longtime Seattle designated hitter who was one in every of solely 14 gamers in baseball historical past with a profession slash line of at the least .310/.410/.510, noticed one other sizable bounce from final yr’s 58.6% to 70.four%. That probably units him up for potential enshrinement in 2019, his last yr of eligibility, when Rivera and the late Roy Halladay would be the high newcomers on the poll.