Montreal Expos star Tim Raines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriquez all were selected to join the hall of fame, announced Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.

Every player who has ever cleared the 65-percent threshold has eventually been inducted into the Hall of Fame except for former Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris.

Bagwell, a first baseman, played for the Houston Astros his entire career, hitting.297 with 2,314 hits, 449 home runs and 1,529 RBIs.

Bagwell had 381 votes (86.2 percent), while Raines had 380. He just missed out last year and voter tracking had him trending up this year before being the vote getter this year.

6 - Raines stole at least 70 bases over six consecutive seasons from 1981 to 1986, the only player to accomplish the feat in Major League Baseball history.

Selig's induction caused more than one voter to change their stance on Bonds, as well as another player with the stench of steroids, Roger Clemens.

If you had a vote, who would you put into the Hall of Fame? Smith was grandfathered in when the Hall of Fame reduced the number of years of eligibility from 15 to 10. Raines received 380 votes (86.0%) in his tenth and final year on the ballot. He did not bat.300 over his career or collect 3,000 hits, but he is the only player in major league history with 600 stolen bases, 150 home runs and 100 triples. Clemens and Bonds, who received 45.2 and 44.3 percent of votes past year, are up to 54.1 and 53.8 percent in 2017 respectively, closing in on the 75 percent threshold needed to make it into Cooperstown. It was a monster year, but Bagwell was no one-hit wonder.

Widely regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of all time, Rodriguez won the AL MVP award in 1999 while playing for the Texas Rangers.

The Hall of Fame needed a big Class of 2017 to loosen the logjam on the ballot. He becomes just the second catcher in history (joining Johnny Bench) to be voted into the Hall on their first try.

Rodriguez, another former Yankee, was on the ballot for the first time. Rodriguez had an extraordinary combination of offense and defense for a player behind the plate in a 21-season career in which he earned 13 Gold Gloves, the most for a catcher and tied for second most among position players, and seven Silver Slugger Awards. He won the World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003. However, that number is up significantly from the 15.5 percent of ballots on which Walker was named a year ago.



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