Crowd Gathering for Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 31, 2017

"Yeah, there are things that happened that I think we reacted well to and got done what you had to get done". We talked more about me being in the big leagues at the same time [he was in the league]. "I feel as thankful and appreciative of all the people who have helped me in my career and in my life to get to this point where a group decided that this guy qualifies for the Hall of Fame, this guy ought to be in the Hall of Fame". "Guys can be just as important to a team and an organization in a lot of different ways".

"What you've seen here today is a little boy's dreams come true", he said, per the Major League Baseball broadcast, adding, "I am humbled". I can't tell you how much I love you and what you mean to me. "Never let them take your dream away from you".

Bagwell ended his career with 449 home runs, was 1991 NL Rookie of the Year and in the strike-shortened 1994 season hit.368 with 39 homers and 116 RBIs in just 110 games to unanimously capture MVP honors.

Raines was greeted by scores of fans from Canada, many of whom came aboard several buses. He thanked his mom and dad, who were seated in the front row and later focused on Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, his teammate with the Montreal Expos when he first broke into the major leagues in the early 1980s.

"Without Andre Dawson there's no telling where I'd be", said Raines, who fought cocaine problems early in his career. "I wanted to kind of be like you and he finally accepted and I followed".

He shared a amusing excerpt from before his executive career, when he was at a two-day baseball tryout and on the second day was asked to time the other players rather than participate on the field.

Raines is a seven-time All-Star, nicknamed "Rock", and is widely regarded as one of the best lead-off hitters and base runners in history. Take a closer look at his accomplishments on the basepaths, and they are quite remarkable - his 84.7 percent success rate tops the list among players with at least 400 steal attempts. "Both players went in [the Hall of Fame] as Expos".

"It's an overwhelming, stunning feeling", said Selig, who dropped his speech midway through it but never skipped a beat. "You're getting the highest honor". He was instrumental in the approval of interleague play, the expansion of the playoffs, splitting each league into three divisions with wild cards, instituting video review and revenue-sharing in an era that saw the construction of 20 new ballparks.

In 26 years as a GM for the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves, Schuerholz stood alone.

Still, Selig left baseball in excellent shape economically without labor strife and with a strict drug-testing policy that has helped clean up the game.

"The message was delivered", Schuerholz said. I hadn't really proven to anyone what type of player that I was. "Divine providence. Fate. I truly believe so".

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