The four players received at least 75 percent of the vote needed from the eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America to be elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Guerrero received 92.9 percent of the vote in his second year on the ballot after falling 17 votes short of the 75 percent threshold last year. Edgar Martinez just missed the cut with 70.4 percent of the votes. The group will join veteran selections Jack Morris and Alan Trammell in Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer for the induction ceremony. On Wednesday, January 24, 2018; the Hall of Fame expects to formally announce who will be next to go into the Hall of Fame. After an illustrious 19-season career in the big leagues, Jones garnered 97.2% of the vote, tying him with Greg Maddux for the 10th highest voting percentage. Thome made the All-Star team on five occasions while playing for six teams throughout his career, all while compiling 612 home runs and1699 RBI. Thome was a five-time All-Star.
Guerrero, a nine-time All-Star slugger, played half his career with the Montreal Expos.
Hoffman played 16 of his 18 major league seasons with the San Diego Padres, registering 601 saves (the first to break 500 or 600 saves), a National League record and second all-time to Mariano Rivera. Vizquel, like Thome, was appearing on the ballot for the first time. With so many talented players on the ballot, baseball fans have eagerly been awaiting the MLB #Hall of Fame class of 2018.
Rivera highlights the newcomers on next year's ballot, once again raising debate over whether any player will be unanimously elected to the Hall. HOF vice chairman Joe Morgan made clear the stance of many current Hall of Famers on the steroids debate with a letter imploring voters to keep out known users in December. 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. Starting pitcher Mike Mussina of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees also came close at 63.5 percent.
Bonds, the all-time home run king and a seven-time MVP victor, and Clemens, a 354-game victor and a seven-time Cy Young Award recipient, barely gained any traction this year.
There was no big bump this year for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, only an incremental tick upward as another year passed in their narrow bids to earn election to baseball's Hall of Fame. Thome hit 42 homers in 2004 and combined for a.967 OPS over his first two seasons with the Phillies.
They did. Signed primarily as a bench player, Thome unexpectedly led the Twins with 25 home runs, and hit a walk-off, 10th-inning blast against the White Sox amid an August hot streak that helped the Twins pull away to the AL Central Division championship. Bonds got 56.4% and Clemens got 57.3%, averaging an increase of about 3%.
Trevor Hoffman, who as noted fell short in 2017 by the slimmest of margins by receiving only 74% of the vote, is the fifth reliever to enter the Hall after Goose Gossage, Hoyt Wilhelm, Rollie Fingers and Bruce Sutter.