Watch Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez find out he made the Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, a longtime star with the Astros, and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, who redefined the catching position with his defensive skills, also received the necessary 75 percent of the votes to be inducted.

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. Many have argued that Raines was underappreciated as he walked in almost 13% of his plate appearances and stole over 800 bases (fifth-best in major league history) with an 84.7% success rate (best for players with 400+ attempts) while hitting.294/.385/.425.

Raines becomes the third person with Atlantic League ties to be a Hall of Famer, joining former Long Island Ducks manager Gary Carter (2003) and former Newark Bears outfielder Rickey Henderson (2009).

Raines, who had a 23-year Major League Baseball career, played for the Somerset Patriots during the 2000 season while attempting to make the United States Olympic Baseball Team that ultimately went on to win the gold medal.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove victor at catcher, was elected in his first year on the ballot. Relief pitcher Trevor Hoffman fell just short, with 74%, as did outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, who got 71.7%. All of these items, among many others, have been displayed in the hallowed halls. He'll clearly get in, probably next 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. He was the 1994 NL MVP, the 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, and a four-time all-star.

Center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. and catcher Mike Piazza were elected to the Hall of Fame in last year's balloting. After losing votes between his first and second appearances on the ballot, Bonds improved from his 44.3 percent in 2016 to 53.8 percent this year. He retired after a stint with the Florida Marlins in 2002 with a career.294 batting average, 2,605 hits and 170 home runs. Since Major League Baseball benefited greatly from the exploits of the suspected players and Selig will soon be rewarded with a plaque in upstate NY, it isn't fair to continue punishing the players tainted by the scandal.

The Hall of Fame now has 317 elected members, including 220 players, of which 124 have come through the BBWAA ballot.

For Raines, it was his 10th and final year on the ballot.

Rodriguez played five of his 21 big-league seasons in Detroit and has more hits and has played in more games than any catcher in the game's history. Bonds and Clemens remain the most debated, most contentious and most divisive players on the ballot, and it'll be that way until they're either elected or their 10 years on the ballot are up.

Rodriguez, 45, is in the conversation of the greatest catchers in baseball history.



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