CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 29: Trevor Hoffman is one of the best relievers of all time. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The Hall of Fame ballot has been released for 2018, and Trevor Hoffman is one of 33 players on it. Over the next few weeks, members of the Baseball Writers Association of America will make their final voting decisions. BBWAA writers can vote for a maximum of ten players the believe should be immortalized in MLB's Hall of Fame; any player who appears on at least 75% of the ballots earns a place in Cooperstown, Ohio. We'll find out who made the cut on January 24th, 2018! Second Nexus Sports has already profiled Chipper Jones and Jim Thome; today we'll be looking at Trevor Hoffman.

Trevor Hoffman

Year on Ballot: 1st

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SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 08: Edgar Martinez has a JAWS of 56.0 (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

With the recent release of the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot, you may be seeing some advanced stats pop up. One of those stats is JAWS, which is used exclusively to determine a player's Hall of Fame worthiness. So what does JAWS stand for in baseball? The answer is "Jaffe WAR Score", and it's a pretty genius system.

The JAWS system was originally developed by Jay Jaffe during his tenure at Baseball Prospectus. The purpose is to improve the standards for the Hall of Fame. At its core, JAWS uses Wins Above Replacement (WAR) measures of a player to compare him to other players already in the Hall of Fame. But it's actually slightly more complicated than you might think.

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DECATUR, GA - APRIL 08: Chipper Jones pose during SiriusXM's "Town Hall" with Chipper Jones (Paras Griffin/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

The MLB Hall of Fame ballot for 2018 is in, and Chipper Jones is on it! Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) have 33 Hall of Fame candidates to choose from this winter. They can vote for a maximum of 10 players they think should be honored as all-time greats. Any player who appears on 75% of the ballots will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those selections will be announced on January 24th, 2018. So, over the next several weeks, Second Nexus Sports will profile the Hall of Fame cases for many of the players on this year's ballot.

Chipper Jones

Year on Ballot: 1st

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 30: Former Cleveland Indians great Jim Thome waves to the crowd (Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The MLB Hall of Fame ballot for 2018 is in, and Jim Thome made the list! Members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) have 33 Hall of Fame candidates to choose from this winter. They can vote for a maximum of 10 players they think should be honored as all-time greats. Any player who appears on 75% of the ballots will be inducted into the Hall of Fame! Those selections will be announced on January 24th, 2018. So, over the next several weeks, Second Nexus Sports will be profiling the Hall of Fame cases for many of the players on this year's ballot.

Jim Thome

Year on Ballot: 1st

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