As the 2017 baseball season enters August, MLB will take the final weekend of July to celebrate its past. The Baseball Hall of Fame will enshrine five new members in Cooperstown on Sunday, which includes three players, a GM, and the former commissioner.
Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines had to wait a long time for induction, but they finally got the votes necessary to get their busts this year. Ivan Pudge Rodriguez, didn’t have to wait nearly as long, getting in on his first year of eligibility. Meanwhile, executive John Schuerlohz and commissioner Bud Selig were voted in by the Today’s Game committee.
Other inductees include the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, recognizing baseball writers, and the Ford C. Frick Award, given to the best announcers in the sport. This year’s Spink winner is Claire Smith, while Bill King is honored with the Frick award.
Blue Jays: Only Steve Pearce stuck with his actual name. We’re disappointed, but maybe you haven’t fully shed your true Orioles’ nature yet.
Indians: Jose Ramirez went with Ramirez so I’m not even going to bother coming up with a joke.
Royals: Ian Kennedy and Mike Minor are disappointments here, but at least two Kansas City players made it so their jerseys combine to say Sledge Hammer.
Twins: You knew Joe Mauer wouldn’t have a nickname: nicknames are too flashy for him. Ryan Pressly missed an opportunity to make sure no one confuses him with Alex Presley. If the jerseys had been presented differently, we would have gotten a Buddy Rogers combo, so I’m docking points for that missed opportunity.