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Tuesday
Jan062015

2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Baseball Hall of Fame announced four new inductees on Tuesday. Starting pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz, along with second baseman Craig Biggio, were elected to the Class of 2014.

Johnson received 97.3% of the vote, tops among the class. Johnson won 303 games during his 22-year career. He also racked up 4,875 strikeouts, second-most in the history of Major League Baseball.

Martinez racked up 91.1% of the vote after a stellar career in the height of the steroid era. In 18 seasons, Martinez recorded 219 wins, 3,154 strikeouts, and a 2.93 ERA. He has the second-highest winning percentage all-time among starting pitchers with at least 200 wins.

Smoltz received 82.9% of the vote. In 21 seasons, Smoltz won 213 games, saved 154 games, and recorded 3,084 strikeouts. He's the only player in baseball history with over 200 wins and 100 saves.

Biggio received 82.75% of the vote after falling just two votes shy last year. Biggio played all 20 seasons of his career with the Houston Astros, recording 3,060 hits.

Among those who fell short of induction were Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, and Jeff Bagwell.


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Tuesday
Nov252014

2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot Announced

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday, baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot was released and features 44 players, including 27 newcomers. 

Three of the best pitchers of their era highlight the list of first-timers up for induction. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz join a bevy of others looking to be enshrined among the games greats in Cooperstown next summer.

Martinez owns the sixth-best win percentage of all-time at .687, while Johnson became the last 300-game winner in his final season of 2009. Smoltz, who racked up 231 wins and 121 saves in 21 seasons, will be looking to join former Atlanta Braves teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine who were selected to the Hall in 2014.

Carlos Delgado, Nomar Garciappara, Gary Sheffield and Tony Clark, the current head of the players' association, are also among those appearing on the ballot for the first time. 

Among the 17 players making a return to the ballot, Craig Biggio seems to be a favorite for enshrinement. The former Houston Astros infielder missed induction by two votes last year, receiving 74.8 percent of the vote.

Also on the list are Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Roger Clemens. Piazza, who earned 62.2 percent of the 75 percent needed, has hit more home runs than any other catcher ever (396). Tim Raines, and Alan Trammell are among the others back on the ballot while Don Mattingly enters his 15th, and final, year of eligibility.

In order to be inducted, a player must receive 75% of the vote on a ballot. Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) are only allowed to put 10 names on a singular ballot. Enshrined along with those from the BBWAA ballot is anyone elected by the 16-person Golden Era Committee, which will make its announcement on Dec. 8. Results of the BBWAA ballot will be revealed on Jan. 6, 2015.


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Tuesday
Apr232013

Felix Hernandez Earns 100th-Career Victory

Otto Gerule Jr/Getty Images(HOUSTON) --  Felix Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings Monday night for his 100th career win in a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

"Tonight I was like: 'You've got to do it," he said.  "You can't wait more and more time. You've just got to go out there and have a good game."

Hernandez (2-2) finally reached the milestone after failing in his previous three chances.

"It's a great accomplishment," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "I'm really happy for him that he was able to accomplish that at such a young age. He's accomplished so much so quickly for a young man."

Three different Mariners homered as the team snapped a three-game losing streak.

Hernandez joins Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to reach 100 wins with the Mariners.

The Astros (5-14) are off to their second-worst start in franchise history.

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