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Baseball Hall of Fame 2017: Time, live stream, and TV schedule for announcement

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Time again to argue whether voting protocol needs to be changed!

For the seventh time, Colorado Rockies fans will learn that baseball writers have chosen not to elect outfielder Larry Walker to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Coooperstown, N.Y., when the results for the class of 2017 are announced on Wednesday at 4 p.m. MT.

Oh, you’ll want to tune into MLB Network or go to MLB.com for the live stream to learn the results, and you may even want to watch the pre-announcement coverage that starts at 1 p.m. But you won’t be hearing “Larry Walker, Hall of Famer” this year or in the few remaining years he has left on the ballot.

And that’s a shame. We’ve featured articles over the years on why Walker belongs in the Hall, so there’s no need to belabor that point now. Perhaps some years down the line when we’re huddled into biodomes that house the last survivors of catastrophic climate change there will still be Eras Committees debating the merits of potential Baseball Hall of Famers and carrier pigeons will fly out to announce that Walker has finally received the honor he should have had long ago. A dark timeline with a bit of light: who says no?

We already know two members of the class of 2017: John Schuerholz and Bud Selig. Both gained entry through the Eras Committee vote in Dec. 216. The BBWAA vote will likely reflect our community vote in that only two players will appear on the necessary 75 percent of ballots to get in (just not the same two). Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines, who last year received the most votes of any players not elected to the Hall, are the two most likely to get their plaques in Cooperstown this year. Bagwell, like Walker, is on his seventh ballot, but Raines is on his last try here. Closer Trevor Hoffman also remains a possibility.

Of those eligible for the first time, outfielder Vladimir Guerrero and catcher Iván Rodríguez have the best chance at coming close to getting in, but they’ll need to wait a little while longer before making the trip to James Fenimore Cooper’s hometown. Manny Ramirez, who received multiple suspensions for PED use, is also making his debut on the ballot. He should receive enough votes to remain on the ballot, but where will that percentage land?

Starting in 2018 all ballots will be public, so start getting ready to publicly question every single ballot.

2017 Baseball Hall of Fame announcement

When: 1-5 p.m. MT, Wednesday, Jan. 18 (announcement at 4 p.m.)

Channel: MLB Network

Stream: MLB.com