Thome is part of an impressive Hall of Fame class. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced its class of 2018 on Wednesday. Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 29.

There were plenty of reactions to those who did made it, as well as those who did not (Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Edgar Martinez, just to name a few). These were some of the best reactions out there.

We start with a positive one. Guerrero was quite thankful for his induction.

The only problem here is that Guerrero shouldn’t have been a part of the class of 2018. He should have been a first ballot Hall of Famer in 2017. But better late than never for one of the most complete offensive players that baseball has ever seen.

Of course, another member of that 30/30 club is Bonds. Bonds topped 30/30 five times (one of those being a 40/40), and is the first and still only member of the career 400/400 and 500/500 clubs.

Yet, unquestionably due to his suspected steroid use, Bonds was omitted. That news left some rather miffed.

One person even anticipated baseball’s single season and career Home Run King getting snubbed.

In his career, Bonds won a record seven MVP awards. His omission does leave him in good company. Clemens, who himself won a record seven Cy Young Awards during his career, was also kept out of Cooperstown.

Another elite pitcher from that era not included was Schilling. Schilling has become a controversial figure in recent years for some strong and outlandish political stances. But in the eyes of many, that’s not enough to omit him from the Hall of Fame.

To be fair, Mike Mussina didn’t get in, either. But the point is well taken. Time and time again, Schilling proved himself to be the last pitcher you’d ever want to face in a big game and has a decorated career record, especially when we consider the offense heavy era that he pitched in.

Martinez makes for one of the more interesting Hall of Fame cases. Is it right to induct a designated hitter? After all, they never play the field. It’s not a terrible argument. But on the other hand, being one dimensional has never kept a pitcher out of the Hall of Fame.

Regardless, Martinez will not be in the class of 2018. He took his omission in stride.

Indeed, Martinez is trending in the right direction.

The good news for the players not inducted in 2018 is that the upcoming ballots figure to be wide open. Mariano Rivera is the only slam dunk first ballot Hall of Famer in 2019, although Todd Helton and the late Roy Halladay could join him. The only obvious choice for the following year will be Derek Jeter.

That will leave plenty of open spots for the writers to induct these players who couldn’t quite get over the hump in 2018.

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