Bolles teammate always knew Chipper Jones was 'special player'

Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones celebrates with teammates after scoring a home run on his 2700th career hit in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Atlanta. Jones was among those electe

Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez, in his ninth year of consideration, fell 20 votes short at 70.4 percent.

The controversial PED duo of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds still linger on the ballot, with 57.3% and 56.4%, respectively, and Curt Schilling rounded out those getting 50% or more with 51.2%. Thome, the other first-timer, was checked on 89.8 percent and Hoffman 79.9 percent in the voting conducted among eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Third baseman Chipper Jones starred in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves.

Thome slammed 612 home runs across 22 seasons, including 13 years with the Cleveland Indians.

Thome was a five-time All-Star, including during the 2006 season when he played for the White Sox.

Mike Mussina's climb to 63.5 percent of the vote - 75 percent is needed to get in - has followed a similar trajectory in five years on the ballot.

Former Arizona Wildcat legend Trevor Hoffman was selected for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.

The back half of Hall of Fame season comes this summer, a week apart in late July and early August when the two sports induct their classes into their respective halls.

The San Diego Padres have another Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, Trevor Hoffman, who joins the likes of Tony Gwynn and Dave Winfield among the elite 321 member group. This year, Clemens' jump was just three percent and Bonds' was just under three percent.

"I still can't believe it", Guerrero, the first position player from the Dominican Republic to make the Hall, told ESPN Deportes on Wednesday.

Helton finished his 17-year career with a.316 batting average, 2,519 hits and 369 homers.

While Thome appeared in the postseason for five franchises - the Indians, the Chicago White Sox, the Minnesota Twins, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Baltimore Orioles - he did not get there with the Philadelphia Phillies, who signed him away from Cleveland with a lucrative free agent offer in December 2002. He is only of only five players in Major League Baseball history to total at least 500 homers, 1,500 runs, 1,600 RBI and 1,700 walks. Surely Bonds and Clemens were hoping the trend would continue in 2018. Clemens, the only seven-time Cy Young Award victor, got 57.3 percent this year vs. 54.1 percent last year. Chipper Jones was named on 410 of the 422 ballots cast.

"It's not an easy thing to do, hitting a home run, it's really not". Ex-Devil Ray Aubrey Huff didnt receive any votes and dropped off the ballot, as did Johnny Damon (eight votes). That completes his sixth year on the ballot.

"I'm biased, along with most Canadians, but I don't see a reason why he shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame and if you want to hold Coors Field against him, I don't see that as a rational reason", says Francis.

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