Sunday was a special day in the baseball world, as the 2018 class was formally inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, Trevor Hoffman, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were all enshrined into Cooperstown during an afternoon ceremony, taking their rightful places with other baseball legends.
Jones, Guerrero, Thome and Hoffman were all voted in this year, while Trammel and Morris got the call to the hall via the Modern Baseball Era committee, which gives a second look at players who are not initially elected by voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Jones, who was elected on the first ballot with 97.2 percent of the vote, is widely considered the best switch-hitter to ever play the game. He played 19 seasons with the Atlanta Braves organization, amassing 2,726 hits, 468 home runs while earning eight All-Star appearances.
The third baseman and his wife are expecting a baby boy any day now, and Jones plans to name him "Cooper" in honor of Cooperstown.
Guerrero, after just missing out on induction last year, earned 93 percent of the vote to ensure his place in baseball immortality this time around. Guerrero recorded 2,590 hits, 449 home runs and boasts a career slash line of .318/.379/.553 over parts of 16 seasons with the Montreal Expos, Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He earned nine All-Star nods and eight Silver Slugger awards throughout his illustrious career.
Thome will go down as one of the greatest clutch hitters ever to play the game. The slugger belted 13 career walk-off homers, more than any other player in history. He enjoyed a lengthy 22-year career in the majors, cranking 612 homers while reaching base over 4,000 times. Thome, like Jones, was elected on his first ballot with nearly 90 percent of the vote.
Hoffman racked up an incredible 601 saves over his 18-year career. Only Mariano Rivera, who is also in the Hall of Fame, recorded more saves. The San Diego Padres legend earned All-Star honors seven times and captured just under 80 percent of the vote on his third time on the ballot. Among relievers with at least 1,000 innings pitched, Hoffman ranks second in save percentage (88.8), eighth in ERA (2.87), second in opponents' batting average (.211), second in WHIP (1.06) and first in strikeout rate (25.8).
Trammell failed to earn the 75 percent of the vote necessary for induction over his 15 years on the ballot, but there's no disputing that the shortstop belongs in the Hall of Fame. His outstanding defense earned him four Gold Gloves and six All-Star selections. Additionally, his outstanding play in the 1984 World Series resulted in MVP honors and a title for the Detroit Tigers, who he played his entire 20-year career with and later managed.
Like Trammell, Morris didn't quite make the cut in his 15 years on the BBWAA ballot, but the right-hander was too good for the Modern Baseball Era committee to pass over. Over the course of his 18-year career, Morris won 254 games, struck out almost 2,500 batters, notched an astonishing 175 complete games and won four World Series titles.