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Jim Thome

53,000 Puts This Year’s Class At Second Biggest

INDUCTION WEEKEND 2018

52,000 Puts This Year’s

Class At Second Biggest

Not only was the Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2018 the biggest since 1971, it was watched by the second-biggest crowd on record: 52,000, the Hall estimates, second only to Ripken-Gwynn’s 2007 record of 83,000. Posing with their plaques a few minutes ago are, from left, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Alan Trammel and Jim Thome.  Absent this year was Homer Osterhoudt, (inset photo) who passed away June 30 at age 100, having attending all but three Inductions since the first in 1939.  His son Darrell and daughter-in-law Priscilla reserved a seat for him nonetheless. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

INDUCTION 2018 SOUVENIR EDITION ON NEWSSTANDS!!

INDUCTION 2018

SOUVENIR EDITION

ON NEWSSTANDS!!

Hall of Fame Weekend 2018 is here, so be sure to pick up the Souvenir Edition of The Freeman’s Journal, Cooperstown’s newspaper since 1808; and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this afternoon. And follow the developing story, from MLB stars signing autographs on Main Street, to the Parade of Legends Saturday evening and, Sunday, the Main Event: Induction in the Clark Sports Center field.
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Thome Holds Back Tears While Visiting Hall Of Fame

Thome Holds Back Tears

While Visiting Hall Of Fame

Stopping to admire the plaque of Babe Ruth, 2018 Hall of Famer Jim Thome reflected on the elite brotherhood of players that he will be joining in July. Thome wiped away tears as he talked with media about the honor of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

“Sorry I’m at a loss for words,” said 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Jim Thome as he addressed the media. “I’m just really enjoying all of this.” Thome was at the Hall of Fame for his orientation ahead of his induction to the Hall on July, 29. As he walked through the hallowed plaque gallery, Thome held back tears as he observed the plaques of the players honored before him.

“To just share this moment with everyone here is just an honor,” said Thome. The 22-year MLB veteran hit 612 home runs over the course of his career, earning him an 8th place spot on the all time home run list. When asked about his induction speech, Thome said he’s already begun working on it. “I’m in the process of jotting things down and putting them together right now.”

Thome joins Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, Jack Morris, and Alan Trammell to make up the 2018 Hall of Fame induction class, and will officially be inducted on July, 29, 2018.

 

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome New On Hall 2018 Ballot

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome

New On Hall’s 2018 Ballot

Next, Baseball Writers Will Vote On Choice

COOPERSTOWN – The 2018 Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot was released this morning and includes three possible first-ballot electees:

Braves prolific switch-hitting third baseman Chipper Jones, slugger Jim Thome, eighth all-time with 612 home runs, plus Omar Vizquel, the shortstop who played 24 seasons and won 11 Gold Gloves for six teams.

Other leading candidates include Trevor Hoffman, the reliever who holds the National League record with 601 saves, and Vladimir Guerrero, the outfielder who is one of the top Latin-American position players in Major League Baseball history.

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