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Indians: Jim Thome elected into Hall of Fame in first try

The Baseball Writers of America Association has announced tha the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman.

Former Seattle designated hitter Edgar Martinez came close after a grass-roots campaign to boost him.

Like Roger Clemens (57.3 percent), Bonds remains dogged by the steroids scandal that put a cloud over his late-career success.

Chipper Jones was the easy choice for baseballs Hall of Fame this year, completing an unlikely journey from the tiny Central Florida town of Pierson to Cooperstown, N.Y., with a hefty 97.2 percent of the vote, released Wednesday.

In 22 total seasons, however, Thome hit.276/.402/.554 with 612 home runs, 1,699 RBIs, and 2,348 hits.

Players, who must be retired for five years before being considered, need 75 percent of votes to get into the Hall. Guerrero's career batting average is sixth-highest among players with at least 400 career home runs. Guerrero received 92.9 percent, Thome 89.8 percent and Hoffman 79.9 percent. He finished with 601 saves, which ranks second all-time.

He is first player to wear a Braves uniform to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame since John Smoltz in 2015.

In July, the four newest inductees will join both Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were elected by the veterans committee in December, in Cooperstown, when the six are will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony.

Other candidates making the Hall of Fame include Jim Thome, Vlad Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.

Martinez made a big move up to 70.4 percent and fell 20 votes short in his ninth year on the ballot.

WFNY's own Michael Bode fills you in on just how good Thome was during his career, especially during his time with the Indians.

For his part, Ginsburg told the Glenn Clark radio show that, while Jones had a great career, he would hve been more supportive of Jones in his second year of eligibility, not the first. For the record, nearly every eligible candidate who had a career.300 batting average, 2,500 hits and 300 home runs has been enshrined. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, were never actually caught or convicted of doing steroids contrary to popular belief.

Hoffman failed at holding back the tears, where the honor no doubt hit home for the often overlooked player.

Pete Rose, permanently banned from Major League Baseball after an investigation into his betting on the game, didn't receive any write-in votes, as he often has in the past. Next year Mariano Rivera is on the ballot.

While this pleases the likes of Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who mailed a screed to voters in November about the dystopia that would result if unnamed "cheaters" were elected, he should probably take another tack next year - skywriting, perhaps - since his letter did not stop some perceptible momentum in favor of Clemens and Bonds.

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