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Jim Thome, Chipper Jones join Hall of Fame ballot; Dodgers make roster moves

Jim Thome, Chipper Jones join Hall of Fame ballot; Dodgers make roster moves

Third baseman Chipper Jones and first baseman-designated hitter Jim Thome are among 19 newcomers on the Hall of Fame ballot announced Monday.

Former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short of election last year, and former Angels and Montreal Expos outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, who fell 15 votes short, head a group of 14 returnees.

The results of the election will be announced Jan. 24.

Jones, the 1999 National League most valuable player, is the only switch-hitter to hit 400 home runs with a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage. Jones, an...

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