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Does Edgar Martinez's Hall of Fame election boost David Ortiz's HOF chances?

Does Edgar Martinez's Hall of Fame election boost David Ortiz's HOF chances?

A Hall of Fame class that features the first player who was primarily a designated hitter to be elected could bode well for David Ortiz's Hall chances when he's eligible in 2022.

Edgar Martinez is the first true DH to be elected to the Hall. His election was announced Tuesday as part of a class of 2019 that features the first-ever unanimously elected player in Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Joining them in Cooperstown this summer will be two starting pitchers, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay. Each received more than the 75 percent of votes necessary for enshrinement. 

They'll join closer Lee Smith and outfielder/DH Harold Baines, whose election by the Today's Game Committee was announced in December.

Martinez was elected in his final year on the writers' ballot. He set the standard as a DH to the point where the annual award recognizing the best at the position is now named for him. 

"Martinez's 2019 election will help to justify that of Ortiz, though not necessarily on the first ballot," wrote Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe. 

Ortiz's resume includes 541 career home runs - the most for a DH - and his postseason exploits as the linchpin to three Red Sox World Series titles. He has a PED connection - he reportedly failed the supposedly anonymous 2003 survey test. Still, in 2016, commissioner Rob Manfred basically disavowed the veracity of the survey testing.

As for another PED connected ex-Red Sox great, Roger Clemens was named on 59.5 percent of the ballots from Baseball Writers of America voters, 68 votes shy of the 75 percent needed for election. Clemens percentage has continued to rise each year, going from 35.4 percent in 2014 to 57.3 last year. 

Ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling also fell shy of election, receiving 60.9 percent of the vote in his sixth year on the ballot. 

An outspoken conservative and supporter of President Donald Trump, Schilling received the president's backing in a tweet on Sunday. 

Schilling congratulated those elected Tuesday in a tweet. 

Outfielder/DH Manny Ramirez, who failed multiple PED tests after leaving the Red Sox, received 22 percent of the vote in his third year on the ballot. Ex-Red Sox pitcher Derek Lowe, infielder Kevin Youkilis, and outfielder Jayson Bay, traded for Manny Ramirez in 2008, were not on any ballots in their first year of eligibility. 
 

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Rhode Island congressman rips apart Donald Trump's Curt Schilling HOF endorsement

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Rhode Island congressman rips apart Donald Trump's Curt Schilling HOF endorsement

The 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class will be announced Tuesday, and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is not expected to receive enough votes to be included.

Schilling was a fantastic pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies and Red Sox, and won three World Series in his career (one with Arizona, two with Boston). His postseason resumé is pretty impressive, too. Schilling has been a controversial figure in retirement and has been a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.

Trump, in a tweet Sunday night during the AFC Championship Game, endorsed Schilling for the Hall of Fame. Rhode Island congressman David Cicilline strongly opposed the president's endorsement of Schilling, and he explained why in the tweet below.

Schilling is not liked by many people in Rhode Island, and this Boston Globe story gives a good history into why.

The former MLB pitcher believes his conservative political views have played a part in keeping him out of the Hall of Fame to this point. Other people would argue his regular-season stats simply aren't good enough. 

The 2019 class will be announced at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday. New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who's on the ballot for the first time, is expected to headline the group.

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MLB Network's list of top right fielders will fuel Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

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MLB Network's list of top right fielders will fuel Red Sox-Yankees rivalry

Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts helped his team win a franchise record 108 games and the World Series last season. Oh, by the way, he also was named American League MVP.

However, all of that success wasn't enough for him to be No. 1 on MLB Network's recent list of the best right fielders in baseball. The top spot went to New York Yankees star Aaron Judge. Check out MLB Network's list in the video below.

Here's how MLB Network came up with its ranking.

These lists are dictated by The Shredder, MLB Network's player rating formula, which looks back at the last two seasons and weights them evenly. Over the past two years ….

Judge: .282/.409/.584, 79 homers, 15 steals, 162 wRC+
Betts: .301/.388/.541, 56 homers, 56 steals, 143 wRC+

Stats can be tricky, especially in a sport like baseball where there are so many of them. They can be used to bolster either side of an argument. What's not debatable, though, is Betts was the better player in 2018. The Red Sox outfielder was an elite hitter and defensive player. In addition to AL MVP, Betts also took home a silver slugger, a Gold Glove Award and won the 2018 batting title. 

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry was thrust back into the spotlight last October when Boston eliminated New York in the American League Division Series. This list from MLB Network should add more fuel to the fire as Opening Day approaches. 

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