That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: MLB 2017 Hall of Fame Class–Triple Play!! Bags, Pudge, & Rock

January 19, 2017


Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez talks to reporters Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. Rodriguez was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Rodriguez is just the second catcher elected on the first ballot; Johnny Bench is the other. (AP Photo/Schuyler Dixon)

by Amaury Pi Gonzalez

Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines were officially named today to the MLB Hall of Fame 2017 class. The three will be officially enshrined in Cooperstown, New York on July 30.

Jeff Bagwell got 86.2% of the vote on his seventh year as a nominee, while Tim Raines got 86% on his tenth and final year of eligibility and Ivan(Pudge)Rodriguez received 76% and joined fellow catcher Johnny Bench as the only catchers in history to have been elected on their first year on the ballot.

Many thought this was going to be the year where five will go in, tying the record of the inaugural class of 1936, but it was not meant to be. Reliever Trevor Hoffman fell short with 74% and on his first year outfielder Vladimir Guerrero received 71.7%, they are both well positioned to get in 2018.

Jeff Bagwell(1B) retired at the age of 37 with a shoulder condition. Played for Houston from 1991 to 2005, a 15 year career. Compiled .297 batting average, 2,314 hits, 449 home runs and 1,529 runs batted in. 1991 National League Rookie of the Year, 1994 National League Most Valuable Player, and was selected to four All Star Games.

Ivan Rodriguez(C) Played from 1991 to 2011(21 years) compiled a .296 batting average, is fifth among catchers with 2,844 hits and doubles(572) and ended his brilliant career with 311 home runs. His arm was one of the best. Stopped 46% of stolen base attempts, lead the league nine times in fielding for a catcher with a total of 13 Gold Gloves(a record).Montreal E 1999 American League Most Valuable Player. In 2003 led his only season with the Marlins led them to a World Series. He played for Texas, Florida, Detroit, NY Yankees,Houston,Texas and Washington. He was the best catcher of his generation. He is from Puerto Rico. The small Caribbean island has produced excellent catchers, among them: the Molina brothers, Yadier, Jose and Bengi, Sandy Alomar Jr, Jorge Posada and Benito Santiago.

Tim Raines(OF)Played from 1979 to 1999. Cut his teeth with the Montreal Expos (1979-90) then Chicago White Sox,New York Yankees, Oakland A’s for one season in 1999, then played for Montreal again, Baltimore and Florida. The ultimate leadoff hitter, (.385 on base percentage) with great patience and speed, number five in stolen bases all-time with 808. Classy player who always worked hard and produced on the field.

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, it is a pleasure to congratulate Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez on their elections to the Hall of Fame” said Commissioner Rob Manfred. :These players have met the high standards that distinguish the Hall of Fame as an elite institution”

These were the other players on the list and the percentage they received. Trevor Hoffman 74%, Vladimir Guerrero 71.7%, Edgar Martinez 58.6%, Roger Clemens 54.1%, Barry Bonds 53.8%(both Clemens and Bonds got a higher percentage than last time)Mike Mussina 51.8%, Curt Schilling 45.0%. Then a big drop to Larry Walker 21.9%,Fred McGriff 21.7%, Jeff Kent 16.7%, Gary Sheffield 13.3%, Billy Wagner 10.2 % and Sammy Sosa 8.6%. In case anybody forgot, Sammy Sosa ended his career with 609 home runs. We lived through the steroids era and we know that is a big part on some of these names and why they are not very close, yet, to Cooperstown. But eventually, as times goes by, some of them will make it.

(To be elected you need at least 75%)

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is a former Hall of Fame candidate for the Ford C Frick wing of the Hall of Fame, the Spanish radio voice for the Oakland A’s and does News and Commentary at







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