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The 2017 Baseball Hame of Fame Class was announced last week. The class of 2017 includes Texas Rangers and Florida Marlins Catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Montreal Expos Outfielder Tim Raines and Houston Astros’ First Basemen Jeff Bagwell.
Trevor Hoffman, the insanely talented closer from the San Diego Padres fell short of the 75% needed, by only one percentage point. I’m gonna save my eye rolls for later.
Vladimir Guerrero also came close to the 75% needed to get a plaque, tallying 71.7%. For all of the hemming and hawing about Tim Raines election, Vlad seems on pace to get in within the next two years.
Also surprising is that Barry Bonds and roger Clemens both gained ground this year, seeing a 9% uptick in votes. So perhaps the tide is turning for PEDs in the hall.
On Sunday, news came out of the Dominican Republic that Royals Ace and Young Gun Yordano Ventura had died in a drunk driving incident. The Kansas City Royals have already created a little memorial outside of Kauffman Stadium for any Royals fans looking to pay their respects to the young pitcher.
The Baltimore Orioles agreed to a 3-year, $37.5 million dollar deal with reigning AL Home Run Champ Mark Trumbo. The Orioles managed to wait Trumbo out and got him at an extremely low price… or they overpaid, it’s too early to tell.
Tim Lincecum has announced he intends to pitch in the majors in 2017. Lincecum did not mention who intends to sign him in 2017.
Brian McCann was greeted in an interesting way at the Houston Astros Fan Weekend. Houston fans might want to check out a Warby Parker in the near future after mistaking Brian McCann for Evan Gattis the entire weekend. That’s not a great way to welcome the new guy… or is it?