MLB Corridor of Fame 2022: David Ortiz headlines Cooperstown’s new class

Seven former MLB gamers will probably be inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame Class of 2022 on Sunday in Cooperstown, New York.

Let’s take a more in-depth have a look at every of the seven members being inducted Sunday:

David Ortiz

The Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America lone inductee, Ortiz performed 20 MLB seasons, his first six with the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002) and his last 14 with the Boston Red Sox (2003-16). He’s a 10-time All-Star and seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and nonetheless holds Boston’s single-season document for house runs (54).

Ortiz, affectionately generally known as “Huge Papi”, can be a three-time World Sequence champion, serving to carry the Purple Sox to their 2004 World Sequence title that ended an 86-year championship drought, and World Sequence MVP. The franchise retired his No. 34 in 2017, and he was inducted into the Boston Purple Sox Corridor of Fame in 2020.

Ortiz completed his profession with a .286 batting common, 541 house runs, 1,768 RBIs and a profession slugging share of .552. He led the league in RBIs 3 times — 2005, 2006 and 2016, his final season within the league. His 20 profession walk-off hits within the common season rank third-most in MLB historical past.

Gil Hodges

The Golden Days Period Committee elected 4 gamers, together with eight-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner Hodges. He was a part of the Dodgers group for 16 seasons (1943, 47-61) as a primary baseman, profitable World Sequence championships in 1955 and 1959. Hodges spent his last two seasons with the New York Mets (1962-63) earlier than persevering with his profession as a supervisor of the Washington Senators (1963-67) and Mets (1968-71), the place he gained his third World Sequence in 1969.

Hodges surpassed 20 house runs in a season 11 consecutive years, from 1949-59, and recorded 100 or extra RBIs in seven consecutive seasons (1949-55). He ended his profession with a .273 common and 370 house runs with 1,274 RBIs. 

As a supervisor, Hodges posted a 321-444 document, guiding the “Miracle Mets” to their first championship in 1969.

Hodges handed away on the age of 47 on Easter Sunday 1972. The Dodgers retired his No. 14, and he was inducted into the New York Mets Corridor of Fame in 1982.

Jim Kaat

Three-time All-Star, 16-time Gold Glove Award winner and World Sequence champion Kaat was additionally elected by the Golden Days Period Committee. His 16 Gold Gloves is tied with Brooks Robinson for second-most in historical past, and Kaat has probably the most Gold Glove Awards of any Twin with 12.

The pitcher’s taking part in profession stretched 25 years and 5 groups — Senators/Twins (1959-73), Chicago White Sox (1973-75), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-79), New York Yankees (1979-80), and St. Louis Cardinals (1980-83). Minnesota retired his No. 36 in 2022.

Kaat compiled a 283-237 document and posted 180 full video games, and his 625 video games began ranks 17th all-time and his four,530.1 innings pitched ranks 25th. He completed his profession with a three.45 ERA and a couple of,461 strikeouts.

Kaat will get his second within the solar after beforehand lacking out on Corridor of Fame Class of 2015 by two votes.

Tony Oliva

The Golden Days Period Committee additionally chosen Kaat’s longtime teammate and Twins outfielder Oliva, who performed with Minnesota from 1962 to 1976. 

He’s an eight-time All-Star, two-time World Sequence champion and Gold Glove Award winner. He was AL Rookie of the Yr in 1964 and his 374 whole bases that season tied a rookie document that also stands.

Oliva gained the batting title (.337) for the third and last time of his profession in 1971 whereas additionally main the league in slugging (.546). He completed with a .304 batting common, together with 220 house runs and 947 RBIs.

Oliva was inducted into the Minnesota Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 1988, the Twins retired his No. 6 in 1991. He was inducted into the Minnesota Twins Corridor of Fame in 2000.

Minnie Miñoso

The Golden Days Period Committee’s fourth and last electee was Latin American icon Miñoso, the primary Black Latino to look within the majors when he did so for Cleveland in 1949. 

Miñoso, nicknamed “The Cuban Comet,” performed three seasons within the Negro Leagues (1947-49) earlier than he went on to play 17 years within the majors with Cleveland, the White Sox, the Cardinals and the Senators, the place he grew to become a 13-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove Award winner. Chicago retired his No. 9.

Miñoso was runner-up for AL Rookie of the Yr in 1951 after he hit .326 with 14 triples and 31 stolen bases.

Bud Fowler

The Early Baseball Period Committee elected Fowler, the primary Black skilled baseball participant.

He made his Negro League debut in 1895 for the Web page Fence Giants and his last look 1898 with the Cuban Giants. He died in February 1913 on the age of 54.

Baseball historians estimate Fowler performed in additional than a dozen leagues in locations comparable to Binghamton, New York, and Terre Haute, Indiana and was instrumental in establishing Black baseball leagues throughout the nation, according to the Hall of Fame.

Buck O’Neil

O’Neil, the face of Negro League baseball, was the Early Baseball Period Committee’s second and last choice.

His profession as a participant, supervisor, scout and govt spanned almost eight a long time. O’Neil started his profession taking part in semipro baseball earlier than becoming a member of the Negro American League in 1937. The three-time All-Star helped carry the Kansas Metropolis Monarchs to the Negro World Sequence champion title in 1942.

After placing his taking part in days behind him, O’Neil labored as a scout with the Chicago Cubs in 1955 earlier than being promoted to their teaching employees in 1962, making him the primary Black coach to look on an MLB roster. 

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