Detroit Tigers: Rapid reaction to the 2018 Hall of Fame Election
By Andy Patton
Detroit Tigers legends Jack Morris and Alan Trammell will be joined by four new Hall of Famers after the BBWAA’s election results were announced today.
The newest Detroit Tigers to make the Hall of Fame will have some company in Cooperstown. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell will be joined in the Class of 2018 by Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman.
Jones was elected in his first year on the ballot, earning 92.2% of the votes. Jones played with the Atlanta Braves from 1993-2012. He was primarily a third baseman, although he also spent time in left field. He finished his illustrious career with 2,726 hits, 462 home runs, a 141 OPS+ and a bWAR of 85.
Thome, like Jones, was also elected on his first year on the ballot. He garnered 89.8% of the vote. Thome played for six different teams in his career, spending 13 seasons with the Cleveland Indians. All told he mashed 612 home runs, the eighth highest total in history. He is also seventh all-time in walks and second in strikeouts.
Guerrero earned 71.7% of the vote last year, his first on the ballot. He sailed through in year two, getting a whopping 92.9% of the vote. The former Expo finished his career with a .318 average and 449 home runs. A nine time All-Star and eight time Silver Slugger winner, Guerrero was the 2004 AL MVP while a member of the Los Angeles Angels.
Closing it out (get it?) is former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who earned 79.9% of the votes in his third year on the ballot. Hoffman finished his career with 601 saves, second only to the great Mariano Rivera.
A big congratulations to the Hall of Fame class of 2018. Trammell and Morris are in very good company with this group.
A few more reactions from today’s voting results: