Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and Ivan Rodriguez were officially announced as the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Wednesday, as at least 75 percent of the electorate of 432 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America voted to add each of their names to the pantheon of the elite.
The induction ceremonies will be held this July in Cooperstown, and now that the class is official, the real fan fun begins: speculating on which logo will emblazon the cap on each player's Hall of Fame plaque.
Some of the cap selections throughout the years were (or seemed like) easy choices (we see you playing for one team, Jeff Bagwell) but many were not - so, to help the newly-elected get a head start on the decision process, we've broken down the data and wagered our own guess as to the "right" choice for them.
Teams played for: Houston Astros (1991-2005)
Career line: .297/.408/.540, 449 HR, 1529 RBI, 2314 H, 202 SB, 488 2B, 1517 R
Accolades: No. 4 overall pick in 1989 MLB Draft (by Boston), 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, 1994 NL MVP, four-time NL All-Star, three-time NL Silver Slugger, one-time NL Gold Glover, placed in Top 10 of NL MVP voting six times
The Skinny: More than 25 years later, the 1990 Bagwell for Larry Andersen trade is still one of the all-time steals in terms of a prospect-for-veteran deadline deals. Oh, and for a fun fact, although he was almost exclusively a first baseman, Bags did play one game in right field in 1994.
VERDICT: ASTROS. Unless Bagwell shocks the world and goes blank, then after years of being shut out, the Astros will get their second cap in the Hall in three years.
Teams played for: Montreal Expos (1979-90, 2001), Chicago White Sox (1991-95), New York Yankees (1996-98), Oakland Athletics (1999), Baltimore Orioles (2001), Florida Marlins (2002)
Career line: .294/.385/.425, 170 HR, 980 RBI, 2605 H, 808 SB, 430 2B, 113 3B, 1571 R; .988 fielding percentage, 134 OF assists
Accolades: Fifth-round pick of the Expos in 1977 MLB Draft, seven-time NL All-Star, two-time World Series champion (with New York), runner-up in 1981 NL Rookie of the Year voting, 1986 NL Silver Slugger, 1986 NL batting champion and on-base percentage leader, 1987 All-Star Game MVP, four-time NL leader in stolen bases, two-time NL leader in runs scored
The Skinny: Raines spent more than half of his career in Montreal. Speed and defense are usually the first things to go as players age, so naturally Rock's numbers in those related categories are better overall and per 162 games in Canada than they were in the States, but he held his own pretty darn well late in his career - especially during his brief run in pinstripes that brought him two World Series titles.
VERDICT: EXPOS. Raines had five good seasons in Chicago and won two titles in New York, but he'd almost certainly be a Hall of Fame candidate based just on his decade in Montreal alone. The Expos only have two players wearing their logo in the Hall, Gary Carter and Andre Dawson, and Raines will be one of the last to play for the franchise (maybe the last, if things don't pan out for Larry Walker, Vlad Guerrero, or a couple other outliers) ever inducted into the Hall of Fame - so, while he had a great run elsewhere, you just can't argue with Rock taking an ELB on his bronze chapeau.
Teams played for: Texas Rangers (1991-02, 2009), Florida Marlins (2003), Detroit Tigers (2004-08), New York Yankees (2008), Houston Astros (2009), Washington Nationals (2010-11)
Career line: .296/.334/.464, 311 HR, 1332 RBI, 2844 H, 572 2B, 1354 R; .991 fielding percentage, 46 percent career caught stealing percentage
Accolades: Fourteen-time All-Star (all in AL), 13-time Gold Glove winner (all in AL), seven-time Silver Slugger (all in AL), 1999 AL MVP, four Top 10 finishes in AL MVP voting, 2003 World Series Champion, 2003 NLCS MVP, led AL in caught stealing percentage nine times
The Skinny: Pudge was a Top 3 offensive catcher in his generation, and he's arguably No. 1 on defense, as he threw out nearly half of the 1,447 men who tried to steal a bag on him. Props go to Ivan for longevity, too, especially when you consider that he caught 100 or more games in 17 of 21 seasons (with 99 in the strike-shortened year of 1994) and only served as a DH in 57 games during his career (and never more than eight times in a season). He also only played another defensive position nine times, making seven starts at first base for the Tigers in 2006, playing one inning at second base that same season, and playing one final inning at first while with the Nationals in 2011.
VERDICT: RANGERS. Pudge was a four-time All-star in five seasons in Detroit and was well worth the Marlins' addition of him in 2003, but he retired as a Ranger, played roughly two-thirds of his career games as Ranger, and is arguably is a Hall candidate just on his numbers in Texas alone (.304 BA, .828 OPS, 1,747 H in 13 seasons). The only Ranger hat in the Hall is on Nolan Ryan's plaque (despite Ryan playing only five of his 27 MLB seasons in Arlington), but Pudge should make Texas legit in Cooperstown.