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Atlanta Braves Legend Chipper Jones Hall of Fame Election Reaction

Atlanta Braves Legend Chipper Jones Hall of Fame Election Reaction

"We have a large class", said Hoffman, the first pitcher to reach 600 saves.

I told Williams Morgan should have had all of the Hall of Famers sign the letter if he wanted it to have more impact.

Jones and Thome made it 54 players elected in their first year of eligibility by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Controversial candidates Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds again fell short of the threshold, getting 57.3 percent and 56.4 percent of the vote, respectively.

Thome hit 134 homers for the White Sox from 2006-'09, including his 500th career homer in September 2007. Both players have been connected to performance-enhancing drugs scandals.

His numbers have gone up from his first year on the ballot in 2013 when he recieved just 36.2 percent of the votes.

Omar Vizquel (37.0), Larry Walker (34.1), Fred McGriff (23.2) and Manny Ramirez (22.0) picked up over 20 percent.

Bonds, meanwhile, picked up a few more votes over previous year. He only played for 17 seasons and he only played in more than 140 games in four seasons and more than 150 games in one season.

Thome will join Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman as 2018 inductees.

Despite spending his entire career in the National League with the Atlanta Braves, Jones played more games against the Orioles than you might think - 32, to be precise. He was named MVP of the 1999 season.

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"It was waterworks", Jones said after receiving the call.

Over the course of 22 seasons with six different teams, Thome's 612 home runs are the eighth-most in Major League Baseball history.

As an aside, it's baffling to speculate how and why four Clemens voters, with his seven Cy Youngs, would deny a vote to Bonds, with his seven MVPs and the most home runs (762) in history.

Thome is best remembered for his 13 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, two of which resulted in a trip to the World Series.

Chipper Jones and Jim Thome would have been automatic picks in any era. "Every Midwest kid can dream of a day like this, and I'm living it today". Guerrero's career batting average is sixth-highest among players with at least 400 career home runs.

He went on to be a nine-time All-Star and 2004 American League MVP. After six years there, Guerrero made an All-Star team for the Texas Rangers and helped lead them to their first AL championship, in 2010.

Some of those moments include hitting his 500 home run to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels on September 16, 2007. A fast runner in his early years, with an overpowering right field arm, Guerrero could hit almost any pitch in any location. He figures to get in next year in his final year of eligibility, along with Rivera and perhaps starting pitcher Mike Mussina.

"That opened up my hitting zone", Guerrero said through a translator.

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