LAS VEGAS (AP) —s any Lee Smith ever posted.In a vote sure to spark renewed cries of cronyism at Cooperstown Luis Severino Jersey , Baines surprisingly was picked for the baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday after never coming close in any previous election.“Very shocked,” the career .289 hitter said on a conference call.Smith, who held the major league record for saves when he retired, was an easy pick when the Today’s Game Era Committee met at the winter meetings.It took 12 votes for election by the 16-member panel — Smith was unanimous, Baines got 12 and former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell just short with 11.George Steinbrenner, Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel all received fewer than five votes.Smith and Baines both debuted in Chicago during the 1980 season. Smith began with the Cubs and went on to record 478 saves while Baines started out with the White Sox and had 2,866 hits.Baines had 384 home runs and 1,628 RBIs in a 22-year career — good numbers, but not stacking up against the greats of his day. He never drew more than 6.1 percent in five elections by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, far from the 75 percent required.“I wasn’t expecting this day to come,” the six-time All-Star said.The Hall board-appointed panel included longtime White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.“I’m glad he was on that committee this year to help to get into the Hall of Fame,” Baines said.Reinsdorf praised his former player in a statement. Baines currently serves as a team ambassador in community relations department of the White Sox.“So happy for Harold. He’s a great player and a great human being,” Reinsdorf said. “I am so honored that I was a member of the committee. He deserved to be in long ago. I am just so excited.”“Not only was Harold one of my favorite players to watch, but I have nothing but admiration for him as a player and as a human being,” he said.Tony La Russa, Baines’ first big league manager, also was on the panel that elected him.In the past, Phil Rizzuto and Bill Mazeroski were among the players who benefited from friendly faces on Veterans Committees to reach the Hall. That panel has been revamped over the years, and the Today’s Game Era group was created as part of changes in 2014.“The era committees were established as a sort of a court of appeals for an opportunity in the event that over time it was felt that maybe somebody slipped through the cracks http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey ,” Hall President Jeff Idelson said. “And in the case of someone who received 6 percent of the vote in the BBWAA election, the reason that may have happened could be for many, many reasons.”Baines, now 59, had a smooth, consistent, left-handed stroke. But he never finished higher than ninth in an MVP vote, and never was among the top five AL hitters in the yearly batting race. His single-season high was 29 home runs at a time when lots of players hit more.Smith’s fastball helped him become a seven-time All-Star in an 18-year-old career. Known for his slow trudges from the bullpen to the mound, he owned the saves record when he retired during the 1997 season while with Montreal. Trevor Hoffman and then Mariano Rivera reset the mark.Smith never reached 51 percent in 15 BBWAA elections. Still, he kept believing his day would come.“I’m pretty patient, though, and I think I waited long enough. But it’s sweeter,” he said on a conference call. “You look at those things, well, OK, who’s on the ballot this year? Who’s on the ballot next year? But I’d never, never, never give up hope.“And then when they started with the second-chance ballot, I thought my chances got a little better. This probably today was probably the (most) nervous I’ve been with this Hall of Fame voting thing,” he said.Smith became the seventh pitcher who primarily was a reliever to make the Hall, joining Hoffman, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers Aaron Judge Jersey , Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter and Hoyt Wilhelm. The 61-year-old has long worked for the San Francisco Giants as a minor league pitching coach and instructor.Baines was a designated hitter for much of his career after knee trouble ended his days in the outfield. DHs have struggled to gain backing from Hall voters. Baines joined Frank Thomas as the only players in the Hall who spent more than half his games as a DH.“Everything I hear or read is DH is really not part of the game, I guess. But I disagree. But maybe this will the open up the doors for some more DHs,” Baines said.Both closers and DHs could see the numbers increase again very shortly.Rivera is eligible for the first time and big-hitting DH Edgar Martinez will be back on the ballot when results of the next BBWAA election are announced Jan. 22.Induction ceremonies are scheduled for July 21 at Cooperstown, New York.Between now and then, there’s certain to be more debate about who else should be in the Hall. Drug-tainted Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are on the upcoming BBWAA ballot, influential players’ union head Marvin Miller has been denied seven times by various committees, and admitted steroids user Mark McGwire wasn’t among Sunday’s candidates. WASHINGTON (AP) — Now this is what the Washington Nationals were looking for when they plunked down $140 million to add Patrick Corbin to the rotation.Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning to earn his first win with Washington, and the Nationals beat the punchless San Francisco Giants 4-2 Thursday in the deciding matchup of a three-game series.Signed to a six-year contract in December after pitching for six seasons in Arizona, Corbin started three games without a decision with his new team. In this one, the Nationals staked him to an early lead that he easily made stand up.“It feels great to get my first win here as a Nat,” the lefty said. “It seemed like every inning I was able to make pitches and get ahead of guys.”Corbin (1-0) struck out nine, walked one and a hit a batter over 7 2/3 innings against a struggling San Francisco offense that came in with a .208 average. The lone hits against the 29-year-old were a fifth-inning double by Evan Longoria and a two-out RBI double by Erik Kratz in the eighth.After Kratz broke up the shutout, Corbin exited to cheers from most of the 26,085 fans at the weekday afternoon game in the nation’s capital.“I still felt strong at the end,” he said.Kyle Barraclough entered and retired pinch-hitter Buster Posey. Sean Doolittle worked the ninth, giving up three hits and a run while earning his second save.The Giants had problems with Corbin’s fastball and the strike zone of plate umpire Ryan Additon. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy was tossed in the fifth inning and left fielder Brandon Belt was ejected in the seventh after he threw down his helmet in disgust over a called third strike.“I probably said something. It wasn’t very nice,” Belt said.For the Giants, it was an unfortunate case of subtraction by Additon.“As big leaguers we make adjustments. He’s got to do the same thing,” Belt said. “We put too much into this game to have at-bats taken away. That’s a tough pill to swallow.”Asked about the third strike that got him ousted, Belt said, “At no point was it a strike. That’s the tough thing.”Bochy, who was ejected after arguing a fifth-inning called strike on Belt Gleyber Torres Jersey , said, “It was frustrating for some of those hitters. That zone was too big. Belt had no chance.”There were a combined 23 strikeouts in the game, 12 of them called.San Francisco starter Drew Pomeranz (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out seven but walked three.After the Giants went down in order to start the game, Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom half for a 1-0 lead. San Francisco is the only team in the majors that hasn’t scored in the first and is 6 for 63 (.095) in the inning.In the third, Anthony Rendon extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games with a two-out double and scored on a double by Juan Soto.Wilmer Difo hit a solo shot in the fourth, and Pomeranz was lifted after issuing a bases-loaded walk in the fifth.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: Tyler Austin started at first base after missing six games with inflammation in his right elbow. Asked if he was concerned about the elbow, Bochy replied, “To be honest, yes. That’s why he’s not in left field.”Nationals: Victor Robles showed no ill effects after crashing into the wall Wednesday night chasing a HR by Gerardo Parra. “We checked on him last night. He was jumping around, actually, saying he was fine,” manager Dave Martinez said. … Martinez is looking for a proper balance for Doolittle, who has pitched in nine of Washington’s first 17 games. “You can’t burn him out right now. We have to make sure we’re careful with him so we have him in August and September.”CAPS FANMartinez showed up to his pregame press conference wearing a hat that read, “ALL CAPS,” a show of support for the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.“I think they’re doing well. They’ve got their boxing gloves going right now,” Martinez said, punching the air with both fists. In a Game 3 loss to Carolina, Caps star Alex Overchkin got into a fight with rookie Andrei Svechnikov, who ended up in concussion protocol.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 3.12 ERA) helps San Francisco opens a three-game series in Pittsburgh on Friday night.Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 4.86) returns to his roots in the opener of a three-game set in Miami on Friday. Sanchez began his career with the Marlins, going 44-45 in 133 games from 2006-11.