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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Remy has agreed to a multi-year contract and will work 115 Red Sox games in 2017, according to a NESN announcement.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines said playing in Montreal was both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because of the way the fans "got behind me from day one." But it was also "kind of a curse when it comes to outside of Canada. We weren't as exposed to the major leagues as much as other teams . . . so a lot of people didn't get the full pleasure of watching and noticing all the things I was able to do."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines said he felt good about his chances until last night. "Last night was probably the worst night I had in the 10 years . . . because I knew I was close, but I wasn't sure." When the phone rang today, "it was the most excited I've ever been in my baseball career."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Pudge Rodriguez on Yadier Molina: "If he stays healthy, he's going to be the next Puerto Rican catcher in the Hall."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Sosa received 8.6 percent of the vote for the Hall of Fame making the cut to stay on the ballot for another year but he's not close to getting in. Meanwhile Lee Smith got 34.1 percent but did not get in as he's still far from the 75 percent needed for induction. Derek Lee did not appear on a ballot in his first year of eligibility so he won't be considered for enshrinement next year as players need 5 percent of the vote to be considered the following year.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Tim Raines on Sportscenter, on how playing in Montreal made his journey to HOF election so much longer: "Playing in Montreal, people didn't get a chance to actually see us play. . . . I think social media actually gave me a chance to get out there even more for people who didn't really get an opportunity to see me play."

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Jeff Bagwell on Barry Bonds: "He's the best player I ever played against in my entire life." Bagwell pronounced himself a "fan" of both Bonds and Roger Clemens.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The BBWAA has now elected 12 Hall of Famers in the past four years, helping to clear some of the logjam on the ballot. This should help Edgar Martinez possibly make the jump from mid-50s percentile to 75 in his final two years, just as Tim Raines did.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The old New Englander in Jeff Bagwell just came out during his Hall of Fame conference call. He talked about how he grew up watching Carl Yastrzemski play.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The only players to lose votes this year: Curt Schilling (down 31 votes, 7.3 percent) & Billy Wagner (down one vote, 0.1 percent). Oops. I think I'm the vote Wagner lost! (Rule of 10 issues)

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Tim Raines has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Raines reached base 3,977 times in his career, 48th in MLB history and more than Tony Gwynn, Lou Brock and Mike Schmidt (among others).

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Jeff Bagwell has been elected to the Hall of Fame. He is one of 11 1B with 200 stolen bases since 1900. Bagwell has 449 home runs (the other 10 have 549 HR combined). He joins teammate Craig Biggio in the Hall of Fame. Biggio was inducted in 2015.

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Iván Rodríguez has been elected to the Hall of Fame. He joins Johnny Bench as the only catchers to be elected to the Hall of Fame in their 1st year on the ballot. Rodríguez is the all-time leader in games caught, as well as hits and RBI as a catcher.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Biggest jumps in the voting this year: Tim Raines (16.2 pct), Edgar Martinez (15.2), Jeff Bagwell (14.6), Barry Bonds (9.4), Roger Clemens (8.9), Mike Mussina (8.8)

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Why Barry Bonds (& Roger Clemens) should expect to get elected: Only one player (Gil Hodges) has ever gotten this close to election with 5 years left on the ballot without making it eventually.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Here's the 1st Hall of Fame inscription ball Jeff Bagwell has signed. Bagwell is an exclusive of Tristar, who is selling these for $159

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

A Roger Clemens voting oddity: He has now gotten more votes than Barry Bonds in all 5 years they've been on the ballot, but never by more than 12 votes. This year's totals: Clemens 239, Bonds 238. No idea how to explain that.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

This year's voting bodes well for Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero who are now positioned as shoe in's for the 2018 HOF class. We also look forward to next year's first ballot Hall of Famers that should include both Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. For Bonds and Clemens a step forward and for them a blessing that there is a ten year period of consideration, as years of healing can only enhance their chances of eventually getting in.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The good news for Sammy Sosa: His vote total went up, from 7.0 to 8.6 pct. The bad news: This makes 4 straight years in single digits. He would need to add nearly 300 votes to get elected. Good luck on that!