These were the funniest on-field moments from each of the newest Hall of Famers
When you think of a Hall of Fame player, you (most likely) think of the big moments: The game-winning homers, the diving catches or the killer punchouts.
But any ballplayer whose career is long enough to earn them entry into the Hall of Fame is also bound to have a few absolutely hilarious moments. These are the ones we don't normally remember immediately.
Let's change that. Before the 2018 Hall of Fame class is inducted, let's look back at some of the silliest moments in their careers.
Guerrero could and would swing at just about everything. In fact, any time a player hits a ball that bounced in the dirt, we tend to compare it to the outfielder. Even though he could hit anything, we didn't think that meant Tommy Lasorda.
And yet, here we are.
Given that he became one of the greatest relievers in baseball history and possessed arguably the best changeup since Christy Mathewson, it's easy to forget that Hoffman started his career as a shortstop. So, you would have thought he would be a better hitter than his career .294 OPS attests to.
When he came to the plate in his final season, nine years after his last plate appearance, it was a time to celebrate ... or at least laugh.
Jones was, for the most part, a third baseman. He had a few dalliances in left field. And, in his younger days, he even played a little shortstop. However, he stopped appearing there after 2000 ... except for one day.
In 2007, at the age of 35, Jones moved back to shortstop in the eighth inning after Edgar Renteria was pulled from the game in a double-switch. The Hall of Famer seemed to be pretty amused by the move:
Though he may not have beaten out Jimmy Rollins for the Gold Glove that year, he actually didn't look half bad in the handful of chances he got:
Morris seems like a pretty focused dude. I don't think you can pitch a 10-inning complete game in the World Series or hunt down pizzas in a helicopter unless you're able to tune out the rest of the world.
One thing did break his concentration, though: An airplane. While facing the Royals on July 30, 1985, an aircraft buzzed over the stadium only some 400 feet off the ground. Not surprisingly, that's the kind of thing that can disrupt ones flow:
Thome was a big man. If ever there was a human who more accurately represented an Absolute Unit, it was Thome. And yet, before he became a 1B/DH-type, he was a young, svelte third baseman. After going back to Cleveland in 2011, Thome got one more appearance at the hot corner -- for one batter. I mean, the Indians weren't crazy.
Trammell could lace line drives all over the field, and he could pick it with the best shortstops in the game's history. However, he would not do great in a baseball obstacle course. Put a few pigeons in his way, and it's like he's never played baseball before: