Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2017 announcement date, time, TV and streaming info – Sporting News

Based on early returns and vote tracking, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s class of 2017 likely will include at least two inductees selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

To earn a plaque in Cooperstown, former major league players must be retired at least five years and receive votes on at least 75 percent of ballots cast by voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 Hall of Fame announcement and induction ceremony.

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When will the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame class be announced?

The announcement on the 2017 class will be made Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Ballots had to be submitted by Dec. 31, 2016.

Where can I watch the 2017 Hall of Fame announcement?

The unveiling of the 2017 inductees will be carried live on MLB Network and streamed live at MLB.com.

What time will the 2017 Hall of Fame announcement be made?

The unveiling of the class of 2017 is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 18.

Who will be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017?

We won’t know for certain until the announcement, but favorites include Astros great Jeff Bagwell, who narrowly missed induction in 2016, Former Expos All-Star Tim Raines, who’s in his last year on the writers’ ballot, and former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who’s in his second year of eligibility.

PREDICTIONS: How will the BBWAA vote?

How many players are on the Hall of Fame ballot this year?

There are 34 former MLB players on the 2017 ballot.

When in the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony?

The Hall of Fame class of 2017 will be inducted on July 30 in a ceremony carried live on MLB Network from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Along with whoever the BBWAA selects for induction, Today’s Game Era committee selections John Schuerholz and Bud Selig also will be inducted. 

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