Greek Giant

Barry Bonds did not get in.

Jim Thome, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero (Yay!) and Chipper Jones (97.2%!) were all voted in to the baseball shrine in Cooperstown.

Let’s just say that this topic has kind of been beaten to death but there is no legitimate argument to keeping him out when avowed racists, woman-beaters, drunks, adulterers and other sinners are in the Hall. That’s all I am going to say about it.

Jeff Kent is also a Hall of Famer in my book. I’m guessing his personality, playing in the shadow of Barry Bonds and playing on the West coast were all disadvantages in his candidacy.

Let’s talk about Vladimir Guerrero.

I first saw him as a minor leaguer in Spring Training for the Expos in the late 1990s. He was an incredible, chaotic, speedy and powerful talent that ran crazy on the baseball field. He made you take notice every time he took the field. His at-bats were can’t miss. I watched him during all his years in Montreal and he is that rare raw talent who blossomed into a phenomenal all-around baseball player. He grew up in extreme poverty and never lost touch with his humble origins.

2018 Hall of Fame voting results

Receiving the necessary 75 percent of votes, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman were announced as the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Here are the results from the 422 ballots cast.

Chipper Jones 410 97.2%
Vladimir Guerrero 392 92.9%
Jim Thome 379 89.8%
Trevor Hoffman 337 79.9%
Edgar Martinez 297 70.4%
Mike Mussina 268 63.5%
Roger Clemens 242 57.3%
Barry Bonds 238 56.4%
Curt Schilling 216 51.2%
Omar Vizquel 156 37.0%
Larry Walker 144 34.1%
Fred McGriff 98 23.2%
Manny Ramirez 93 22.0%
Jeff Kent 61 14.5%
Gary Sheffield 47 11.1%
Billy Wagner 47 11.1%
Scott Rolen 43 10.2%
Sammy Sosa 33 7.8%
Andruw Jones 31 7.3%
Jamie Moyer 10 2.4%
Johann Santana 10 2.4%
Johnny Damon 8 1.9%
Hideki Matsui 4 0.9%
Chris Carpenter 2 0.5%
Kerry Wood 2 0.5%
Livan Hernandez 1 0.2%
Carlos Lee 1 0.2%
Orlando Hudson 0 0
Aubrey Huff 0 0
Jason Isringhausen 0 0
Brad Lidge 0 0
Kevin Millwood 0 0
Carlos Zambrano 0 0