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Another historic Hall of Fame class is landing in Cooperstown this weekend.

Four players elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) will be officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 29. Third baseman Chipper Jones and first baseman Jim Thome made it on their first time on the ballot; outfielder Vladimir Guerrero made it in on his second try and pitcher Trevor Hoffman on his third.

Jones led the way with 97.2 percent of the vote. Fellow first-timer Thome was named on 89.8 percent of the ballots. Guerrero made a massive jump from the near-miss of the year previous, going from 71.7 percent all the way to 92.9. And Hoffman, after just missing by a handful of votes, made it with a percentage of 79.9.

In addition, shortstop Alan Trammell and pitcher Jack Morris – both polarizing figures in the insular realm of Hall of Fame punditry – were voted in by the Hall’s Modern Era committee back in December.

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Thursday, 25 January 2018 16:56

Baseball's Hall of Fame welcomes four

Jones, Thome, Guerrero and Hoffman headed to Cooperstown

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 14:31

Who’s bound for Cooperstown?

Jones, Thome lead newcomers on 2018 HoF ballot

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:25

Three new Hall of Famers land in Cooperstown

Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez headliners of Class of 2017

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 12:55

A Cooperstown conversation with Jay Jaffe

What makes someone a baseball Hall of Famer?

Finding a useful answer to that question is trickier than you might think. That hasn’t stopped author Jay Jaffe from trying to find a way – to create one, really; his new book “The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s In the Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques” (Thomas Dunne, $25.99) is a meticulously-researched and engagingly-written work that not only celebrates the greats in the Hall, but also points out a few of the greats still stuck outside the gates and a number of mediocre players who snuck in through luck and/or cronyism.

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The inroads that statistical analysis has made into baseball coverage over the past decade or so are pretty remarkable. Advanced metrics have become a much larger part of understanding the game.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:19

Three more for baseball’s Hall

Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez make up Class of 2017

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:03

Who's heading to the Hall?

Ramirez, Rodriguez, Guerrero head 2017 Cooperstown ballot

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:37

Griffey, Piazza inducted into Hall of Fame

Two more greats to grace the gallery at Cooperstown

It would seem that the voters for baseball's Hall of Fame have finally eased up the tight-fisted take on enshrinement that had hobbled the process for so long, with two more inductees made the grade this year. Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will see their plaques go on the wall in Cooperstown this summer. That makes nine that have been elected in the past three years.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2013 15:14

Open wide the gates

A look at baseball's crowded Hall of Fame ballot

The Baseball Writers Association of America has a monumental task ahead of it.

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