It’s that time of year again! The Baseball Hall Of Fame will announce its 2017 class on Wednesday, and this could be a big one. According to Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com, as many as six players could be elected on this ballot.
Of those players, the only one with any A’s connection at all is Tim Raines. The speedster played 58 games for Oakland late in his career, as a 39-year-old in 1999. The others listed by Bloom as having realistic chances: Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, and Edgar Martinez.
There are a couple more former A’s debuting at the bottom of the ballot (likely one-and-done), including Matt Stairs, Arthur Rhodes, and Orlando Cabrera, but only one of those names made you happy to think about. If you really want to reach deep on the Oakland connection, Manny Ramirez is on the ballot for the first time.
Who would you vote for this year? Share in the comments as we wait to see who makes it!
2017 Baseball Hall of Fame announcement
When: Noon-4 p.m. PT, Wednesday, Jan. 18 (announcement at 3 p.m.)
Channel: MLB Network