Hey baseball fans!
After digesting the Hall of Fame vote from the 24th for almost a week now, congrats to all the players who got into Cooperstown (#EdgarGotRobbed)! To welcome Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, and Vladimir Guerrero into the Hall, here is a fun fact about each of them.
Thome holds a very interesting MLB record: career walk-off home runs. His 13 career walk-off dingers are one ahead of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson. In fact, Thome's 500th career homer was of the walk-off variety.
Jones was ambidextrous at the plate and among switch-hitters, his stats rank towards the top in many categories. Jones ranks third all-time in home runs (468), second in RBIs (1,623), and is the only switch-hitter in history to finish his career with a .300+ lifetime batting average (.303) and 400+ homers.
Surprisingly, Hoffman only led the league in saves on two occasions. His 46-save 2006 season was great, but his 53-save 1998 season was even better. At the time, those 53 single-season saves were a National League record; couple that with 1.48 ERA and Hoffman placed second in Cy Young voting and seventh in MVP voting for the NL in '98.
This isn't really a fun fact, but one time, Guerrero hit a single on a ball that bounced in front of home plate! Now, that's what I call daredevil hitting.
Once again, congratulations to the four new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."