Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez were announced as the newest inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on January 18, 2017.
Bagwell, the unanimous 1994 NL MVP and star first baseman for the Houston Astros, received 86.2 percent of the 442 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in his seventh year on the ballot. He will join his longtime teammate and friend Craig Biggio, who was elected in 2015, in the Hall of Fame this summer.
Raines, the Montreal Expos speedster with the fifth-highest total of stolen bases in baseball history, received 380 votes (86.0 percent) in his 10th and final year on the writers’ ballot. His campaign surged past the 75-percent threshold required for election after an initial total of 24.3 percent in 2008.
Rodriguez became the second catcher, along with Johnny Bench, to make it to the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. He won 13 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and was named American League MVP in 1999. He received 336 votes (76 percent).
- Click here to read Jeff Bagwell’s SABR biography, written by Greg Erion
- Click here to read Tim Raines’s SABR biography, written by Norm King
- Click here to read Ivan Rodriguez’s SABR biography, written by Steve West
In addition, Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals general manager John Schuerholz and former MLB Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig were also selected for induction to the Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Era Committee.
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The 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place July 28-31 in Cooperstown, New York.
San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman fell five votes shy of the required 332 for election, finishing with 74.0 percent in his second year on the ballot. A record nine players received votes on more than half the ballots cast, including first-timer Vladimir Guerrero (71.7 percent), followed by Edgar Martinez (58.6), Roger Clemens (54.1), Barry Bonds (53.8), Mike Mussina (51.8), and Curt Schilling (52.3).
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Originally published: January 18, 2017. Last Updated: January 18, 2017.