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“I’m glad I experienced it,” Hurst says of his abbre

in F r e i s t i l 14.09.2018 11:45
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A look at the players to be inducted Sunday into the Baseball Hall of Fame:

LARRY WAYNE "CHIPPER" JONES JR.: Born April 24 Jimmy Graham Jersey , 1972 in Deland, Florida. ... 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, batted both, threw right. ... elected in first year of eligibility with 97.2 percent (410 of 422) of the vote. ... drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1990 MLB amateur draft out of the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. ... in 19 seasons with the Braves had 2,726 hits, 1,055 for extra bases, and batted .303 with 468 home runs, 1,623 RBIs and 150 stolen bases. ... eight-time All-Star third baseman. ... was a force for most of the Atlanta teams that won 14 straight division titles and one World Series. ... in 1999 hit 45 homers and 41 doubles, drove in 126 runs, scored 116 times, drew 126 walks, and stole 20 bases to win NL MVP Award. ... won NL Silver Slugger Award for third basemen in 1999-2000. ... in 2006 had an extra-base hit in 14 straight games to tie the MLB record set in 1927 by Pittsburgh's Paul Waner. ... led MLB in hitting in 2008 with .364 average. ... only switch-hitter in MLB history with career batting average of at least .300 and 400 or more homers.

JAMES HOWARD THOME: Born Aug. 27, 1970 in Peoria, Illinois. ... 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, batted left, threw right. ... elected in first year of eligibility, one of only 54 players to do so, receiving 89.8 percent of the ballots. ... selected by the Cleveland Indians out of Illinois Central College in the 13th round of the 1989 amateur draft. ... batted .276, played in 2,543 games and had 2,328 hits Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey , 1,583 runs, 612 home runs and 1,699 RBIs in 22 seasons with the Indians, White Sox, Phillies, Dodgers, Twins and Orioles. ... played first base, third base and designated hitter ... had a record 13 walk-off homers and hit 40 or more home runs six times. ... five-time All-Star. ... best season was 2002 in Cleveland when he hit a career-high 52 home runs with 118 RBIs and led AL in walks (122), slugging percentage (.677) and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.122), and batted .304 with an on-base percentage of .445. ... hit 17 homers in the postseason.

VLADIMIR ALVINO GUERRERO: Born Feb. 9, 1975, in Don Gregorio, Dominican Republic. ... 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, batted right and threw right. .. earned votes on 92.9 percent of all BBWAA ballots cast in his second year of eligibility. ... batted .318 with 2,590 hits, 449 home runs, 1,496 RBIs and .553 slugging percentage in 16 seasons for the Expos, Angels, Rangers and Orioles. ... nine-time All-Star. ... had 39 doubles, 39 homers, 124 runs and 126 RBIs to win 2004 AL MVP Award. ... eight-time Silver Slugger Award winner. ... hit .300 or higher 13 times, drove in 100 or more runs 10 times, and connected for at least 30 homers eight times. ... notorious free-swinging Doug Baldwin Jersey , bad-ball hitter who slammed 126 first-pitch homers and struck out just 985 times. ... strong-armed outfielder who had 14 seasons of double-digit assists and 14 seasons of at least 10 errors and finished career with 126 assists and 125 errors. ... spent six seasons with the Angels after eight years in Montreal and will be first player inducted with an Angels logo on his Hall plaque.

TREVOR WILLIAM HOFFMAN: Born Oct. 13, 1967 in Bellflower, California. ... 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, batted right and threw right. ... received 79.9 percent of the Hall of Fame vote after missing by only five votes last year. ... drafted by the Cincinnati Reds on the 11th round of the 1989 MLB amateur draft. ... was a minor league infielder for three seasons before becoming a relief pitcher. ... in 18 years mainly with the San Diego Padres appeared in 1,035 games, posting a 61-75 record and registering 601 saves, second all-time to Mariano Rivera's 652. ... sixth pitcher who served mostly as a reliever to make the Hall of Fame. ... in 1,089.1 innings pitched allowed 846 hits, 378 runs, struck out 1,133 and had a career ERA of 2.87.

JOHN SCOTT MORRIS: Born: May 16, 1955, in St. Paul, Minnesota. ... 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, batted right and threw right. ... elected last December by a veterans committee. ... drafted by the Detroit Tigers on the fifth round of the 1976 MLB amateur draft out of Brigham Young University. ... in 18 years with Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto and Cleveland pitched 3,824 innings and posted a 254-186 record with 2,478 strikeouts. ... had 175 complete games and a career ERA of 3.90, the highest of any pitcher in the Hall of Fame. ... five-time All-Star. ... played on four World Series champions, Detroit (1984), Minnesota (1991), and Toronto (1992-93). ... one of six players in MLB history to win consecutive World Series titles on different teams. ... was 7-4 with five complete games in 13 postseason starts. ... went 4-2 with an ERA of 2.96 in six World Series starts, completing three. ... started the most games (332) O. J. Howard Jersey , pitched the most innings (2,443.2), and had the most wins (162) of any pitcher in the 1980s. ... retired after the 1994 season and appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2000. ... has worked as a broadcaster for the Blue Jays, Twins, and Tigers since retiring.

ALAN STUART TRAMMELL: Born Feb. 21, 1958 in Garden Grove, California. ... 6 foot, 165 pounds, batted right and threw right. ... elected last December by a veterans committee. ... drafted by the Detroit Tigers on the second round of the 1976 MLB amateur draft. ... consistent all-around producer at shortstop from 1977-96, playing in 2,293 games for the Tigers. ... had 2,365 hits, 185 homers, 1,003 RBIs, 1,231 runs, and 236 stolen bases. ... six-time All-Star. ... earned four Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards. ... hit two home runs in one game and batted .450 to win MVP honors in Detroit's five-game triumph over the San Diego Padres in 1984 World Series. ... in 1987 finished second in AL MVP voting after hitting .343 with 28 homers and 105 RBIs while batting cleanup. ... seven-time .300 hitter with a .285 career batting average. — Hayden Hurst has finally found a sport, position and team that are best suited for his athletic ability: football, tight end, Baltimore Ravens.

After being selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round of the 2012 draft, Hurst pitched in the Gulf Coast League in 2013. He tried first base the following year before calling it a career.

“It wasn’t exactly the easiest three years of my life. But I learned a lot about myself,” Hurst said.

He then played football at South Carolina, lining up as a wide receiver in 2015 before moving to tight end. In 38 games with the Gamecocks, Hurst scored four touchdowns — one of them on a 2-yard run.

Still, Hurst was impressive enough to be picked 25th overall by the Ravens in the 2018 NFL draft. Just 39 minutes into his first game last Thursday night Jim Otto Jersey , the 6-foot-4, 245-pound rookie caught a touchdown pass to help Baltimore beat Chicago 17-16 in the Hall of Fame Game.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Hurst said after Saturday’s practice. “I’m a big body guy, and I like to be utilized in the red zone. I’m a threat there. At South Carolina, I wasn’t used a whole lot in the red zone. Nut here I think they’re going to take advantage of it. So it should be a fun career.”

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has long relied on his tight end for big plays and touchdowns. From Todd Heap to Dennis Pitta to Benjamin Watson, the man in the middle of the field has been a vital component of the Baltimore offense.

Hurst could very well be the newest addition to that impressive list.

“Joe throws to the tight ends a lot. He has a lot of faith in that position,” Hurst noted. “When things kind of break down, he tries to find us. It puts more emphasis on my position.”

Flacco didn’t take a snap in Baltimore’s preseason opener, yet both Baltimore touchdowns were scored by tight ends. Hurst’s 8-yard TD came on a pass from Lamar Jackson, a former Heisman Trophy winner who was after Hurst (32nd overall) but has received far more publicity and acclaim.

“The quarterback gets all the attention. That’s how this league works,” Hurst said. “It doesn’t matter to me.”

Baltimore lists six tight ends on the roster, so the 24-year-old Hurst is going to have to earn playing time. Though he admits he needs to know the playbook better, Hurst has already made a positive impression.

“It was good to see Hayden play well in the first game. That’s the first test,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “The next test is to come back and have a good week of practice and take it into the next game.”

Toward that end, Hurst made a sensational grab between three defenders Saturday, drawing a collective cheer from the fans in attendance.

Not bad for a former baseball player.

“I’m glad I experienced it,” Hurst says of his abbreviated baseball career. “It kind of hardened me, made me the football player that I am today. That’s why I play fast and physical, because I don’t want anything to be taken away from me like I kind of had with baseball.”

In other news, the Ravens activated six-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda from the physically unable to perform list Saturday. Yanda had offseason shoulder surgery and will slowly be worked back into a practice routine.

“Very encouraging,” Harbaugh said. “This was the target date, so he’s right now schedule.”

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