Capsules of the Class of 2017 to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday:
IVAN “PUDGE” RODRIGUEZ: Born Nov. 27, 1971, in Manati, Puerto Rico. … 5-foot-9, 205-pound C. … batted right, threw right. … played 2,543 games in 21 seasons with the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals. … hit .296 with 2,844 hits, 572 doubles, 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs. … won the 1999 AL MVP with Texas, hitting .332 with 116 runs scored, 35 home runs, 25 stolen bases and .558 slugging percentage. … selected to 14 All-Star Games. … won a record 13 Gold Glove Awards. … seven-time Silver Slugger Award winner. … holds major league record for games caught (2,427) and putouts by a catcher (12,376). … ranked first in the AL in catching potential base stealers nine times. … received 76 percent of the votes to become just the second catcher, along with Johnny Bench, elected on the first ballot. … won a World Series with the Marlins in 2003. … one of only six players in MLB history with a minimum .295 average, 2,800 hits, 550 doubles, 300 home runs and 1,300 RBIs, joining Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, George Brett, Stan Musial, and Albert Pujols. … retired in 2011.
JEFF BAGWELL: Born May 27, 1968, in Boston. … 6 foot, 195-pound 1B. … batted right, threw right. … played 2,150 games in 15 seasons with Houston Astros. … had 449 homers, 488 doubles, 202 steals, 1,401 walks, 1,517 runs and 1,529 RBIs. … had a career on-base percentage of .408 and a .948 OPS to rank 22nd all-time. … ranks 64th all-time with 79.6 Wins Above Replacement. … 1991 NL rookie of the year and 1994 NL MVP. … four-time All-Star. … won three Silver Slugger Awards and one Gold Glove. … retired in 2005.
TIM RAINES: Born Sept. 16, 1959, in Sanford, Florida. … 5-foot-8, 160-pound OF, switch-hitter, threw right. … played in 2,502 games in 23 seasons for Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Florida Marlins. … batted .294 for his career and had a .385 on-base percentage. … finished career with 2,605 hits, 1,571 runs, 1,330 walks, 170 homers, 980 RBIs and 808 stolen bases, the fifth-highest total for stolen bases in major league history. … stole 50 bases in his first 54 games in the majors and finished the strike-shortened 1981 season with 71 steals in 88 games. … stole 70 or more bases from 1981-86, a major league record. … his 84.7 percent success rate tops the list among players with at least 400 stolen base attempts. … won 1986 NL batting title with a .334 average. … seven-time All-Star. … joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as only players in the Hall of Fame representing the Expos. … played for Yankees World Series champions in 1996 and 1998. … retired in 2002.
ALLAN HUBER “BUD” SELIG: Born July 30, 1934, in Milwaukee. … in 1970 led group that purchased the Seattle Pilots out of bankruptcy and moved the team to Milwaukee, changing the nickname to the Brewers. … was part of the owners’ collusion from 1985-87 that resulted in a $280 million in damages given to the players. … was named interim commissioner after Fay Vincent resigned in September 1992 and served in that role for six years. … in July 1998 was named commissioner and served in that capacity for 22 years, the second-longest tenure behind Kennesaw Mountain Landis, baseball’s first commissioner, who died in office after serving 25 years. … a players’ strike in August 1994 forced Selig to cancel the World Series, a first, and lasted into the next season during the Steroids Era. … led the game into a long stint of labor peace that saw revenues balloon from $1 billion to $11 billion and the construction of 20 new ballparks. … helped formulate a strong drug program. … instrumental in approval of interleague play, expansion of playoffs, dividing each league into three divisions with wild cards, video review and revenue-sharing. … retired in January 2015.
JOHN SCHUERHOLZ: Born Oct. 1, 1940, in Baltimore. … got start in baseball as an administrative assistant for the Baltimore Orioles from 1967-68. … joined the expansion Kansas City Royals in 1969. … spent 22 years there, rising through the ranks to general manager and serving in that role from 1981-90. … became GM of the Atlanta Braves from 1990-2007 before resigning. … named team president in 2007 and served in that capacity until 2016. … was named vice chairman of the team in 2016. … built two World Series champions, the 1985 Royals and 1995 Braves, and his teams also captured 15 division titles.