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What one new Hall of Famer said about Barry Bonds

Noah Ferguson | 26 January, 2018, 16:50

I feel like he is one of the guys that during his five years in between him being done playing (2004) and when he first hit the Hall of Fame ballot that a lot of people passed him by.

One of the more underrated sports aspects of the month of January, amidst all of the playoff football and NBA basketball, is that it's truly the front half of Hall of Fame season in baseball and football, the half where the new classes are unveiled and announced.

The four newly-elected players will be joined by pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell, who were selected by a committee that considers older players and executives. He needed 75 percent of the votes to become a member of the Hall of Fame. The former first overall pick in the 1990 MLB Draft was everything the Braves could have hoped for and more; he was an eight-time all-star even capturing the NL MVP in 1999. Jones drew 97.2 percent (410 of 422) of the votes - the 11th best percentage in Cooperstown voting history.

Over his 22-year career, he slugged 612 home runs, which is eighth on the all-time list. Todd Helton, Andy Pettitte and the late Roy Halladay also will be first-time candidates.

Martinez made a big move up to 70.4 percent and fell 20 votes short in his ninth year on the ballot.

Congratulations to Jim Thome on a stellar career and for the great accomplishment of joining the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame. His career numbers rank with outfielders already enshrined at Cooperstown, but he has just two more years to impress voters.

Unfortunately, former Indians legends Omar Vizquel and Manny Ramirez were not elected this year, but still have a chance in the future after receiving enough votes.

According to ESPN, Jones is the only switch-hitter with at least 1,000 at-bats and a.300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage and.500 slugging percentage.

Jones said the tears flowed after he learned of his impending induction. Bonds, the career home run leader and a seven-time MVP, reached 56.4 percent, up from 53.8 percent.

Hoffman also narrowly missed entry a year ago, but got in with 79.9 percent this time around. "I either strike him out or get weak contact or he hits a bomb".

Martinez will be on the BBWAA ballot for the 10th time - and that's the most a player is allowed. Rather, I'm saying they both should be in.

As of now, it's unclear which team Thome plans on entering the Hall of Fame with.

"I've said it publicly and often that Barry Bonds is the best baseball player that I've ever seen don a uniform", the Atlanta Braves star said.

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