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Instant analysis about the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement

Orioles beat writers Eduardo Encina and Jon Meoli talk about Mike Mussina's chances of making the Hall of Fame, whether it's this year or down the road a bit.

How our reporters and editors saw Wednesday's announcement that Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame:

Peter Schmuck, columnist: No big surprises in the BBWAA balloting. The four players who will be inducted at Cooperstown on July 29 were the ones who were at the top of the list after half the voters revealed their ballots. Chipper Jones led the way with 97 percent of the vote, and deservedly so. The only player to fall below the 75 percent threshold after reaching it on that list was premier DH Edgar Martínez, who almost certainly will get in next year. Mike Mussina moved up a notch, but maybe not enough to assume he'll be on the stage in 2019, but he's getting there. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds inched up from last year's percentages, but not enough to make my Wednesday column look good.

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Former Orioles ace Mike Mussina saw his vote total climb again in the balloting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but missed out on induction, while Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman earned induction as the class of 2018.

Jon, Meoli, Orioles reporter: This Hall of Fame class — and even those like Edgar Martínez and Mike Mussina, who are knocking on the door — is, for me, part of an eye-opening process of putting my childhood of watching baseball into the context of what I do now and recalibrating my perceptions on players. Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman were good enough that even as a kid, I knew they were on another level. It’s neat to see the players of my childhood continue to be recognized in this fashion.

Josh Land, Orioles editor: Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman all deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. But where are Mike Mussina, Edgar Martínez, Gary Sheffield, Fred McGriff, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens? Mussina got it done under the toughest of circumstances. Sheffield is Jones’ equal and McGriff was better than both. The DH position finally needs to be acknowledged and Edgar should be the first. These injustices are on the voters, who need to catch up with the times and put baseball’s best where they belong.

Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Eduardo A. Encina, Orioles reporter: Take away first-ballot Hall of Famers Chipper Jones and Jim Thome, and most candidacies for Cooperstown evolve over time. That's what makes them fascinating, whether it’s Vladimir Guerrero, who had first-ballot-worthy stats but had to wait for Year No. 2 or Trevor Hoffman bucking the stigma against closers that haunted previous hopefuls for election in his third year. Hopefully that trend continues for those who were just left out this year, such as Edgar Martinez, whose Hall of Fame case began with knocks that he was just a designated hitter, and former Oriole Mike Mussina, who also quietly put up a Cooperstown-worthy resume. Mussina continues to trend upward, just 49 votes short of election this year, and should get there within the five years he remains on the writers’ ballot.

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