Former Wildcat Trevor Hoffman Nominated to MLB Hall of Fame

Former Wildcat Trevor Hoffman Nominated to MLB Hall of Fame”

Chipper Jones and Jim Thome got in on their first try, while Vladimir Guerrero (second) and Trevor Hoffman (third) also got in.

Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez fell 20 votes shy with 70.4 percent, while pitcher Mike Mussina climbed to 63.5 percent.

Barry Bonds received 56.4% percent of the votes, which falls short of the 75 percent needed to enter the MLB Hall of Fame.

Former Arizona Wildcat Trevor Hoffman was one of four players selected for induction into the HOF by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday.

Atlanta Braves legend, Jones led the way 97.2% of the votes collected, earlier today, as a first year ballot pick.

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Thome slammed 612 home runs across 22 seasons, including 13 years with the Cleveland Indians.

Guerrero, the 2004 American League MVP, was a nine-time All-Star and an eight-time Silver Slugger Award victor. His 601 career saves ranks second to Mariano Rivera on the all-time list, and his nine seasons with at least 40 saves are tied with Rivera for most all time.

The Baseball Hall of Fame has rarely had a class like this.

The entire six-man class will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony on July 29.

"Gardy and I agreed not to talk about that one", Thome joked upon signing with the Twins.

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"It would have been great to get in this year, but it looks great for next year", Martinez said on a conference call.

The same is true of Clemens, who won a record seven Cy Young Awards as top pitcher with 354 win, a 3.12 earned-run-average and 4,672 strikeouts in 24 seasons. Jones is one of 13 players in history to hit at least 450 home runs with a.300 career average, and the only switch-hitter to accomplish the feat. He is only of only five players in Major League Baseball history to total at least 500 homers, 1,500 runs, 1,600 RBI and 1,700 walks. Bonds, Clemens and Sosa, were never actually caught or convicted of doing steroids contrary to popular belief.

But long before Thome belted home runs in the World Series, the Peoria, Illinois, native developed a love for the game and credits his upbringing as part of the reason he was able to have success and eventually, find his way to the Hall of Fame. That completes his sixth year on the ballot. Ex-Devil Ray Aubrey Huff didnt receive any votes and dropped off the ballot, as did Johnny Damon (eight votes). But his peak years also came during his time with the Rockies and it's impossible to say with certainty that playing elsewhere would have vastly diminished his numbers.

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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