Hall of Fame induction a tense time for Chipper Jones
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A crowd that’s estimated to number around 50,000 is gathering outside the Clark Sports Center in the village of Cooperstown for the annual Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Sluggers Chipper Jones and Jim Thome, first-ballot electees, headline a class that also includes Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman and former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. It’s the largest class of living inductees since 1955. The ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m.
Jones is expected to speak first because his wife Taylor is due to give birth to a son on Monday or earlier. They’ve made plans to have the delivery at the local hospital if she goes into labor and have already selected the name Cooper in honor of the special day.
With the six new inductees, a record 58 living Hall of Famers will be on the stage. Among those who will be watching from in front is Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The family arranged for him to get the day off before the season. He’ll report to Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday in a promotion that comes as no surprise.
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