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Although its only mid January,there is so much is going on in the world of baseball! Free agency is coming to a close, the hot stove is still burning and Spring Training is only a month away. Join me each Wednesday for news, weekly wrap ups, and of course opinions and discussions!
That being said, earlier tonight the National Baseball Hall of Fame released its class of 2017! I give you this year’s class:
After years of waiting for this moment, Bagwell earned an overwhelming 86.2% of the vote. Bagwell has been on the ballot since 2011. He retired in 2005 as a member of the National League champion Houston Astros.
Bagwell was a rarity in today’s times, spending his entire career with the same club. He hit 449 career home runs, drove in 1,529 runs and had a lifetime average of .297. He made one trip to the World Series. Bagwell broke the 40 home run barrier three times in his career, and hit over 30 homer runs eight years in a row. He hit a career high of 47 round-trippers in 2000. Bagwell was the National League MVP in the strike shortened season of 1994. Bagwell was also known for his defense at both catcher and second base.
After 10 long years on the ballot, The Rock gets his plaque in Cooperstown!
For a team that no longer exists, the Montreal Expos will most likely have its logo on three plaques this summer (Andre Dawson and Gary Carter being the other two). Although Raines played for the White Sox, Yankees, Athletics, Orioles and finished his career with the Marlins, he is mainly remembered as the Road Runner from Montreal.
He was part of two World Series championship teams in New York (1996 and 1999). A lifetime .294 hitter, he stole 808 bases in his career. He joins fellow speedsters Ricky Henderson and Lou Brock in the Hallowed Hall. Raines was the National League batting champion in 1986 with a .334 average and four-time stolen base champion.
Arguably the best catcher in the Majors during the 1990’s and early 2000’s Pudge was elected to the Hall on his first ballot.
A .296 career hitter, Rodriguez played most of his career with the Texas Rangers. He won his only World Series ring in his lone year with the Florida Marlins (2003). He was also one of the best defensive catchers ever to wear the gear.
Pudge was the 1999 American League MVP as a member of the Rangers. He belted out 199 hits including 35 homers and 113 RBI and hit .332 in that MVP season.
Congratulations Bags, Rock, and Pudge! See you in Cooperstown this July.
There were also two other inductees. John Scheurholz, the architect of the Braves teams that finished first in their division 12 straight years was elected. Also elected was former commissioner Bud Selig. This writer totally disagrees that Selig deserves this honor. He doesn’t hold a candle to the likes of Bowie Kuhn.
See you next week as we continue through the off-season. The warmth of baseball will get us through the cold of winter.