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Major League Baseball’s 2018 Hall of Fame class is set. And there’s little in the way of surprises when it comes to this year’s group. But let’s start with the obvious, shall we?

Chipper Jones, who would spend his entire 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves, is in after receiving 97.1 percent of the votes. This, of course, was his first year on the ballot. But he’s not the only one getting in on his first try. Enter Peoria, Ill., native Jim Thome, who spent 22 years in the big leagues between six different ballclubs. However it’s his 13 years in Cleveland that many will remember most. Though, he was hardly a slouch for the Phillies (four years), White Sox (four years) and Twins (two years).

But the party doesn’t stop there, baseball fans. Vlad Guerrero, on his second try, jumps 21.2 percent from year one (71.7) to year two (92.9) to earn his place in Cooperstown.

And last but certainly not last to get his spot in the Hall of Fame? Reliever Trevor Hoffman, who needed three tries. Only two players in MLB history have 600-plus saves, and Hoffman is one of them. Despite a horrendous final season in Milwaukee (2010), Hoffman definitely deserves his place. Especially if we’re still putting stock in a silly stat (which voters clearly are). But Hoffman, despite that final season, would finish top-10 in Cy Young voting on four different occasions. He would finish top-5 three times while also earning 7 All-Star nods, including one in his age-41 season with the Brewers.

Are you satisfied with this year’s Hall of Fame class? We’ll get to our snubs later on, but in the meantime, congratulations to Jones, Vlad, Thome and Hoffman. This is the dream.

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