Bagwell, Raines, Pudge Rodriguez elected to Baseball Hall
Tim Raines' road from Sanford to the major leagues will now take him to Cooperstown, as the longtime outfielder was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 10th and final year of eligibility.
Jeff Bagwell, a longtime star with the Astros, and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez, who redefined the catching position with his defensive skills, also received the necessary 75 percent of the votes to be inducted.
Just missing out was reliever Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short of the 332 needed.
Also of note was the 10 percent increase in votes for two players considered the poster boys of the "steroids era,'' as Barry Bonds' total went up to 53.8 and Roger Clemens to 54.1.
Two Tampa products on the ballot didn't move much, with Fred McGriff getting 21.7 percent and Gary Sheffield 13.3.