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Former winners of one Most Valuable Player Award, three Cy Young Awards, two Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards, two World Series MVPs and 34 Gold Glove Awards, plus a member of the 600 Home Run Club and a pitcher whose career spanned a quarter of a century are among 19 new candidates on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot that is being mailed this week to more than 430 voting members of the BBWAA.

The results of the election will be announced by Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson at 6 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, live on MLB Network.

Third baseman Chipper Jones, fellow infielders Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel and pitchers Jamie Moyer and Johan Santana head the newcomers who will join 14 holdovers from the 2017 ballotingin which first baseman Jeff Bagwell, outfielder Tim Raines and catcher Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Candidates must be named on 75 percent of ballots cast by selected BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years of Major League Baseball coverage to gain election. Falling five votes short of last year’s total required for election was relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman, who polled 74 percent. Outfielder Vladimir Guerrero came within 15 votes at 71.7 percent. Other players named on more than half the ballots were designated hitter/third baseman Edgar Martinez (58.6), pitcher Roger Clemens (54.1), outfielder Barry Bonds (53.8) and pitcher Mike Mussina (51.8).

Players may remain on the ballot for up to 10 years provided they receive at least five percent of the vote. Other holdovers from the 2017 ballot are pitchers Curt Schilling and Billy Wagner, first baseman Fred McGriff, second baseman Jeff Kent and outfielders Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker.

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2018 Hall of Fame ballot

Name 2017 votes Percentage Current year on ballot
Barry Bonds 238 53.8 6th
Chris Carpenter     1st
Roger Clemens 239 54.1 6th
Johnny Damon     1st
Vladimir Guerrero 317 71.1 2nd
Livan Hernandez     1st
Trevor Hoffman 327 74.0 3rd
Orlando Hudson     1st
Aubrey Huff     1st
Jason Isringhausen     1st
Andruw Jones     1st
Chipper Jones     1st
Jeff Kent 74 16.7 5th
Carlos Lee     1st
Brad Lidge     1st
Edgar Martinez 259 58.6 9th
Hideki Matsui     1st
Fred McGriff 96 21.7 9th
Kevin Millwood     1st
Jamie Moyer     1st
Mike Mussina 229 51.8 5th
Manny Ramirez 105 23.8 2nd
Scott Rolen     1st
Johan Santana     1st
Curt Schilling 199 45.0 6th
Gary Sheffield 59 13.3 4th
Sammy Sosa 38 8.6 6th
Jim Thome     1st
Omar Vizquel     1st
Billy Wagner 45 10.2 3rd
Larry Walker 97 21.9 8th
Kerry Wood     1st
Carlos Zambrano     1st

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Some very deserving names on that list some will make it, some should some for various reasons might never make it.

I'd like to see Vizquel, Thome naturally plus Vlad, Hoffman, Edgar, Mcgriff get a shot among others.

Some big names on that unofficial "blackball" list!

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Joe Morgan says leave all the steroid cheaters out.

But Thome and Omar.....absolutely!

Aside from the two Indians, and the steroid cheaters, I would think that the most deserving are  Hoffman  Guerroro, Schilling and Chipper.

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8 hours ago, stillmotion said:

Thome and Omar were both class acts

Agree there, nice guys even today long removed from their playing days you can't say that about many stars.

ALSO MLB can get kindof stingy about handing out HOF winners unlike most other sports.

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Love both those guys (Thome & Vizquel), but Omar is extra special. As a kid, my first favorite ballplayer was Larry Doby, but, IMHO, Omar Vizquel is the most exciting Indians ballplayer I ever saw. Good luck to them both!

Mike

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14 hours ago, Canton Mike said:

Love both those guys (Thome & Vizquel), but Omar is extra special. As a kid, my first favorite ballplayer was Larry Doby, but, IMHO, Omar Vizquel is the most exciting Indians ballplayer I ever saw. Good luck to them both!

Mike

VIZQUEL is the only professional sports jersey I own that has a player name on it, I used to buy a LOT of Indians merchandise from the now defunct Indians own site, personal, gift and promotional purchases with a site discount plus they threw in a media package and other perks.

Well one day I got the #13 jersey thrown in as a free gift which was nice because Omar was my favorite player in that era.....still have it, a keeper!

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In case you might be interested in sports and in particular CLEVELAND media guides/yearbooks or scorecards etc. from the decades check out:

http://sportspaper.info/mlb/teams/indians/press-room-mlb-indians.html

I collected scorecards and programs from EVERY game I attended in the 1970s and 1980s at the old Municipal Stadium and some as a kid from the late 1950s and 1960s plus most every ticket stub. Nuts eh? :lol:  Well opening day NY YANKEES vs CLEVELAND INDIANS ticket stubs are neat, BROWNS tickets too like  whole untorn STEELERS vs BROWNS 50 yard line COMPLIMENTARY tickets.   ;)

 

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AND THE RESULTS, CONGRATULATIONS TO JIM THOME!

MLB.com   7:37 PM ET
 
Below are the results of the BBWAA vote to elect the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 with vote totals and percentages. A total of 422 ballots were cast, with 317 required for election.

Chipper Jones: 410 votes (97.2%)
Vladimir Guerrero: 392 votes (92.9%)
Jim Thome: 379 votes (89.8%)
Trevor Hoffman: 337 votes (79.9%)


Edgar Martinez: 297 votes (70.4%)
Mike Mussina: 268 votes (63.5%)
Roger Clemens: 242 votes (57.3%)
Barry Bonds: 238 votes (56.4%)
Curt Schilling: 216 votes (51.2%)
Omar Vizquel: 156 votes (37.0%) <--- long road for Omar?
Larry Walker: 144 votes (34.1%)
Fred McGriff: 98 votes (23.2%)
Manny Ramirez: 93 votes (22.0%)
Jeff Kent: 61 votes (14.5%)
Gary Sheffield: 47 votes (11.1%)
Billy Wagner: 47 votes (11.1%)
Scott Rolen: 43 votes (10.2%)
Sammy Sosa: 33 votes (7.8%)
Andruw Jones: 31 votes (7.3%)

Jamie Moyer: 10 votes (2.4%)
Johan Santana: 10 votes (2.4%)
Johnny Damon: 8 votes (1.9%)
Hideki Matsui: 4 votes (0.9%)
Chris Carpenter: 2 votes (0.5%)
Kerry Wood: 2 votes (0.5%)
Livan Hernandez: 1 vote (0.2%)
Carlos Lee: 1 vote (0.2%)
Orlando Hudson: 0 votes
Aubrey Huff: 0 votes
Jason Isringhausen: 0 votes
Brad Lidge: 0 votes
Kevin Millwood: 0 votes
Carlos Zambrano: 0 votes

All candidates who received less than 5 percent of the vote on ballots cast will be removed from future BBWAA consideration.

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WHY NOT? LOOKING AHEAD A BIT.....

2019
Favorites: Rivera, Edgar Martinez

Too close to call: Andy Pettitte, Roy Halladay

Other possibilities: Todd Helton, Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt......oh and Travis Hafner will be in the class

Relievers historically have been a tough sell to voters. Not this time. Rivera's 652 regular-season saves and 0.70 postseason ERA are the gold standard for closers. He will sail in. Halladay and Pettitte have Hall of Fame credentials, and they will be interesting test cases given the shifting standards for starting pitchers. This will be Edgar Martinez's final year on the ballot. His case is rock solid, and based on the surge that Raines got in his final year, it's not hard to imagine Martinez getting pushed over the top in a similar fashion.......

2020
Favorites: Jeter

Too close to call: Larry Walker

Other possibilities: Bonds, Clemens, Schilling, Mussina

Jeter could very well be the first unanimous pick in history, if Rivera doesn't grab that honor in 2019. Walker (72.6 WAR) has never cracked 23 percent, and this would be his final year on the ballot. He has a strong case based on advanced metrics, but the boost his numbers got from playing in Coors Field seems to have hurt his candidacy. This will also be another litmus test for Bonds and Clemens.

2021
Favorites: None.

Too close to call: Bonds, Clemens, Schilling, Mussina

Other possibilities: Torii Hunter, Tim Hudson, Mark Buehrle

Hunter, Hudson and Buehrle are the best of the first-time candidates, and all are long shots despite distinguished careers. As a result, this sets up to be a year to clear some of the backlog with Bonds, Clemens and Schilling in their ninth years on the ballot.

 

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