Hall of fame inductions can make some feel nostalgic. For Cincinnati Reds fans this week the nostalgia is justified. Even if it doesn’t relate specifically to the Reds.

This week brought the announcement of the 2018 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. With Chipper Jones, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero and Jim Thome among the honorees. As it would any year for many baseball fans. The announcement was a reason to reflect on the inductees careers. Including the impact some or all the inductees had on your favorite team.

There are reasons for Cincinnati Reds fans to reflect on this particular class. While none of these inductees played for the team; there are connections to the Reds. Previous Reds teams faced these four inductees at some point. Aside from this there are connections to the Reds organization. Plus, a connection to one of Reds biggest moments within the last 25 years. Some even faced current Reds like Joey Votto during their careers.

In the case of Trevor Hoffman, he was drafted by the Reds in 1989. Although he never played in a Reds uniform. Hoffman spent his entire career in the National League. With the Florida (now Miami) Marlins in their early years. He spent the bulk of his career with the San Diego Padres. While retiring in 2010 with Reds NL Central rivals Milwaukee Brewers.

Chipper Jones spent his entire career with the Atlanta Braves. For much of Jones career he led some of the Braves best teams. The Braves were a force to be reckoned with throughout the 1990’s. The Reds 1995 World Series hopes were dashed against the Braves. With those Braves going on to win their only World Series title in Atlanta to date.

Vladimir Guerrero was with the Montreal Expos for half of his career. Being one of that franchise’s most notable post-strike players. Often facing the Reds during his career in Montreal. He spent the second half of his career in the American League. With the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.

Jim Thome played for several teams during his playing days. Like Guerrero, his career was spent with teams in both leagues. The team he’s most associated with is the Cleveland Indians. Some of his best days with the Indians came at the dawn of Inter-league play. This formally turned the Reds and Indians into cross-state rivals.

All of the inductees left their mark on baseball. They deserve their new status as hall of fame inductees. Their playing days were a unique time for baseball and the Reds. Plenty of notable Reds related moments occurred during these inductees careers. From pennant pursuits, a new stadium and more.

These inductees didn’t have a role in all of that. However, they did play a role in Reds and baseball history.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.


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