On Wednesday, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
This is the fourth time in the last five years that three or more new members were voted into the Hall. Other hopefuls such as Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, hit hard by the scandal over performance enhancing drugs, moved closer to election into the Hall but were still below 60%, while the magic number to be elected is 75%.
Former designated hitter Edgar Martinez fell just short of election on Wednesday falling 20 votes short ending with 70.4%. This was his next to last year of eligibility on the ballot.
Only four players were elected between 2010 and 2013 which caused much consternation following a shutout in 2013. Since that time baseball writers have elected 16 former players, including 13 in just the last four years.
Few doubted that Jones as well as Thome would be elected during their first year on the ballot.
Jones played his entire 19-year career with Atlanta and become on the second No. 1 draft pick overall to be elected into the Hall. Ken Griffey Jr. was the first in 2016. Griffey Jr. set the record with 99.3% of the ballots that year, and Jones came close with 97.2% of the ballots on Wednesday.
Guerrero became the first position player from the Dominican Republic to be voted into the Hall. He joins countrymen Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal, both pitchers, in Cooperstown. Guerrero played his 16-year career with three teams ending with .318 career batting average while his slugging percentage was .553. Those two figures are equal to or surpassed by only seven other players in baseball history and all are members of the Hall.
Thome started his career at third base, but shifted to first. Over a career of 22 years that included 12 in Cleveland, he hit 612 homers while drawing 1,747 walks. His home run count is eighth all-time, while this walks are seventh. Thome drive in 100 or more runs during nine seasons.
Hoffman spent over 15 of his 18 MLB season in San Diego with the Padres and is second all-time with 601 career saves. Over a span of 15 seasons, he posted 30 or more saves 14 times and twice finished in the top 10 in National League MVP voting. Last year he was one percentage point short of being elected.