MLB Hall of Fame Report
Today was a great day for Major League Baseball. You guys know how much I love history, especially sports history, and today is a good reason to be excited. The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremony was this Sunday, July 30. Congratulations to this trio of all-stars honored, who have given so much to baseball and their true passion for the game.
Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines, and Jeff Bagwell were inducted in Cooperstown on Sunday. Also inducted were executive John Schuerholz and former commissioner Bud Selig. All inductees are chosen by the Today’s Game era committee.
On Saturday, Rachel Robinson received the Hall of Fame’s Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, Claire Smith received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing and longtime Oakland Athletics broadcaster Bill King was posthumously honored as the Ford C. Frick Award winner f or excellence in broadcasting.
Ivan Rodriguez received a vote of 76 percent. The Pudge ended his career with more games caught than any player in MLB history. Rodriguez made 14 All-Star games and won 13 Gold Gloves (the most by a catcher), seven Silver Slugger Awards and was the AL MVP in 1998.
Tim Raines got a vote of 86 percent. He finished his career with 808 steals, fifth all-time. He was a seven-time all-star known for speed and great defense. He stole at least 40 bases 11 times. Raines had a long career of 23 seasons.
Jeff Bagwell vote was 86.2 percent. He played 15 seasons with 449 homers and hitting a .297 with a .408 OBP. Bagwell is a four-time all-star. Despite a player’s strike in 1994, Bagwell became the NL MVP when he hit .368 with 39 homers and was restricted to only 110 games.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame honors the game’s legendary players, managers, umpires, and executives. There are currently 74 living members.