Angels’ Vladimir Guerrero, Padres’ Trevor Hoffman among 4 elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

first_imgHe has a chance to be the first player to go in representing the Angels. Although several other former Angels are in the Hall, they are all depicted on their plaques wearing caps from other teams. Guerrero began his career with eight seasons with the Montreal Expos, before his six with the Angels.Guerrero, who has always dodged the question for fear of alienating either fan base, said he’ll announce his decision on Thursday.“It is very difficult because each team represents a lot to me,” Guerrero said, including shorter stints with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles late in his career. “I haven’t considered what factors I’m going to be using, but it’s one that perhaps I’m going to have to think about hard and consider a lot of things.”The Angels, who inducted Guerrero into the team’s Hall of Fame last summer, have certainly embraced him. He won the MVP in 2004, his first season with the Angels, hitting .337 with 39 homers and 126 RBIs. He hit .319 with 173 homers in his Angels career.Guerrero’s .927 OPS with the Angels is second only to Mike Trout (.976) among players with 2,000 plate appearances with the club.A nine-time All-Star, Guerrero had a .318 career batting average and a .553 slugging percentage – one of nine players with numbers higher than .315/.550. His career batting average is sixth-highest among players with at least 400 career home runs.Hoffman, a product of Anaheim’s Savanna High and Cypress College, is perhaps second only to Tony Gwynn among the all-time Padres greats.Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds as a shortstop, Hoffman was moved to the mound in the minors. He developed a changeup that led to him becoming a dominant closer, notching the second most saves in baseball history. He was traded twice before pitching 16 years with the Padres.Just the sixth reliever to be elected into Cooperstown, his nine seasons with at least 40 saves are tied with Yankees great Mariano Rivera for most all-time. The seven-time All-Star also had 1,133 career strikeouts.While Hoffman squeezed just over the line for election, longtime Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez came up just short, earning 70.4 percent of the vote. Next year is the last of Martinez’s 10 years on the BBWAA ballot.Jones, an eight-time All-Star who played all 19 seasons for the Atlanta Braves, ranks third all-time in home runs by a switch-hitter. He’s the only switch-hitter with at least 1,000 at-bats and a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage.Thome hit 612 home runs, which ranks eighth all-time, over his 22 seasons with the Indians, Phillies, White Sox, Twins, Dodgers and Orioles. His 13 walk-off home runs are the most all-time.Roger Clemens (57.3) and Barry Bonds (56.4) did not make much progress from last year, when they were at 54.1 and 53.8, respectively. Their lack of an increase brings into question whether either of the steroid-tainted stars will be elected by the writers. They each have four years left. This time, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman got the call they wanted.Guerrero and Hoffman, a pair of former major leaguers with Southern California ties who narrowly missed baseball’s ultimate honor last year, were among four players elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday.Guerrero and Hoffman joined Chipper Jones and Jim Thome to form a four-man class, equaling the most players elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in a single year since the inaugural class of five in 1936. It marked the fourth time the BBWAA has elected four.Including Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, who were selected by the Hall’s Modern Baseball Era Committee in December, there will be six former players inducted in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 29. Guerrero, who won an MVP award and helped the Angels to five playoff berths in his six seasons in Anaheim, and Hoffman, an Orange County native who recorded most of his 601 saves with the Padres, both took the next step after barely missing election in 2017.Guerrero earned 92.9 percent of the votes and Hoffman got 79.9 percent, clearing the 75 percent threshold they each missed in 2017. Last year, Hoffman got 74 percent and Guerrero got 71.1.Each had to wait a year to hope for better results.“There aren’t things you can do to enhance your career or your numbers or whatever after not getting that call,” Hoffman said. “It kind of leaves you a little empty in that sense. There is nothing you can do. I’m not worried about whatever year it was. I’m ecstatic to get in.”Guerrero, who spoke via an interpreter, said he was “very proud,” and particularly thrilled to be just the third player from the Dominican Republic to go into the Hall of Fame.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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