Former Ferrum College pitcher Billy Wagner also failed to make the cut.
"It was waterworks", Jones said after hearing the vote.
Despite spending his entire career in the National League with the Atlanta Braves, Jones played more games against the Orioles than you might think - 32, to be precise. He had 11 doubles, five triples, three home runs and 45 RBI as a junior. Guerrero was voted in on his second year on the ballot, and Hoffman made it in his third.
Mike Mussina's climb to 63.5 percent of the vote - 75 percent is needed to get in - has followed a similar trajectory in five years on the ballot. The former Padres closer used an outstanding changeup to post 601 saves, second to Mariano Rivera's 652, and revved up fans in San Diego with rocking entrances to "Hells Bells" by AC/DC. After two years of upward trends in their vote totals, both players were down from their 2017 percentages this time around.
Chipper Jones received a historic amount of votes in his first year on the ballot. Wagner had 1,196 strikeouts, compared to Hoffman's 1,133.
Edgar Martinez reached 297 (70.4 percent) with one year remaining on the baseball writers' ballot.
This is what gets me perturbed, voters who don't vote for a player they know is going to get in overwhelmingly because they feel no player should ever be unanimous.
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Thome, who now serves the White Sox as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn, played for six teams in his 22-year-career, including the Sox, but never forgot the people who helped make it happen. He ranks eighth in Major League Baseball history with 612 homers.
The four newly-elected players will be joined by pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell, who were selected by a committee that considers older players and executives.
Jones was a force for most of the Atlanta teams that won 14 straight division titles.
Thome led the American League in walks three times in his Indians career, and hit 20 or more home runs in each of his last nine full seasons with the Tribe (1994-2002), including a personal best, and team-record, 52 round-trippers in 2002.
Thome is best remembered for his 13 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, two of which resulted in a trip to the World Series.
Guerrero was the last superstar for the Montreal Expos, electrifying the franchise for most of its final seasons. Jones is one of 13 players in history to hit at least 450 home runs with a.300 career average, and the only switch-hitter to accomplish the feat. But for voters on the fence about Walker for the Hall of Fame, factoring in his legacy in Canadian baseball is something that should tip the scales. Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter and Hoyt Wilhelm already have been inducted.