One of the greatest home run hitters in Phillies history is likely to get a call to the Hall of Fame later today
A day that is considered a national holiday by some has arrived: the results of the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2018. At least one Phillies legend, Jim Thome, is expected to receive the minimum 75% of votes for enshrinement, making him the first player inducted with a Philadelphia connection since Pedro Martinez in 2015.
Thome is expected to be joined by fellow sluggers Chipper Jones and Vladimir Guerrero and former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman.
For a truly historic class, a nearly unprecedented fifth player could go into Cooperstown, something that hasn’t been done since the first-ever class in 1936 with Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez, whose eligibility is close to drying out, sits on the precipice of immortality.
Former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina is expected to be close to Cooperstown, but he will likely remain on the ballot.
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Here’s what you need to know to watch the results of the Baseball Hall of Fame voting this year.
Program Airing: 3 p.m. EST
Reveal Time: 6 p.m. EST
Television: MLB Network
Online Stream: MLB.com
Several former Phillies are on the ballot, but face little chance of being inducted, let alone receive a vote. Brad Lidge, Kevin Millwood, and Jamie Moyer are expected to fall off the ballot without a single vote.
Pitchers Curt Schilling and Bobby Wagner’s numbers are steadily increasing, but they will have to wait for another time. Wagner’s candidacy is hindered by Lee Smith falling off after 15 years and the arrival of Hoffman and next year’s debut of Mariano Rivera.