No fewer than 95 athletes will represent the state in the zonal eliminations.According to the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, Lagos State athletes are fully ready for the zonal eliminations, thanks to the support of the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.“We are quite certain that our team will do us proud especially as they have competed in various developmental programmes organised by the Lagos State Sports Commission and sponsored by the Lagos State Government as well as other national and international competitions,” Tandohstated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of the 4th National Youth Games (AYG) which is slated for Ilorin, Kwara State in September, Lagos State teams are battle ready for the South-west zonal eliminations that hold in Ogun State from Tuesday, August 7 to 11th.Team Lagos will compete in seven team sports: cricket (male), handball, football (male), basketball, hockey (male), volleyball (female) and beach volleyball (female).
McGwire was listed on 10 percent of ballots. Former Dodgers Kent (14 percent), Fred McGriff (12.9), Gary Sheffield (11.7) and Nomar Garciaparra (5.5) also fell short of induction. All will remain on the ballot next year.Johnson, the 6-foot-10 left-hander who ranks second all-time in strikeouts, led all players with 534 votes (97.3 percent). Martinez was next with 500 votes (91.1). Both pitchers were on the ballot for the first time.Smoltz (455 votes, 82.9 percent) was inducted on his first ballot appearance and Biggio (454, 82.7) his third.Martinez said that he honed his famous intensity while climbing the Dodgers’ minor-league ladder.“As I was coming up in the minor leagues, I was faced with a lot of adversity,” he said. “Those adversities drove me to make sure every step I took, I was aware of. … Half an hour before the game I became a serious, focused person. The negativity out there, telling me ‘No, I can’t,’ when I knew I could transform my mindset, my body. “Everybody I saw out there, I saw as a challenge. I saw everybody as an enemy, I saw everybody like in the jungle — I kill to survive. That’s the chip on my shoulder everybody thought I had.”Dodgers management had concerns about Martinez’s slight frame when they traded him. A serviceable leadoff hitter and second baseman, DeShields’ career did not approach Hall of Fame standards. He was an outstanding base stealer who played three seasons in a Dodgers uniform then was allowed to walk as a free agent. Martinez pitched four seasons for the Expos, winning the 1997 National League ERA title at age 25. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1998 and won four American League ERA titles over the next seven years. Martinez retired after the 2009 season with a 154 career ERA-plus, second all-time.Martinez credited his older brother Ramon, a Dodgers pitcher from 1988-98, for his veteran tutelage early in his life.If he had never been traded to the Expos, Martinez said, “I probably would have developed into what I wanted to be, eventually.”Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio and Johnson will be inducted July 26 as part of the Hall’s induction weekend July 24-27 in Cooperstown. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Martinez needed only three minor-league seasons to break in, reaching the majors in 1992 at age 20. He pitched parts of two seasons in Los Angeles, mostly as a reliever, then was traded to the Montreal Expos in November 1993 for Delino DeShields. History might regard this as one of the most lopsided trades of all-time. Martinez won 10 games before the trade and 209 after.“I did have faith that I could do something special for my family once I was given the opportunity,” Martinez said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “I took advantage of it. I appreciated it. I respected it. I did it with integrity. I did it like there was no tomorrow.”There is no tomorrow for manager Don Mattingly, whose 15th and final chance to be voted into the Hall of Fame as a player passed quietly. He was named on 50 ballots, or 9.1 percent of the 549 ballots cast. To gain induction, a player must be listed on 75 percent of ballots.Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of all ballots. He has seen his support increase each of his three years on the ballot, up from 57.8 in 2013 and 62.2 percent in 2014. Former and current Dodgers dominated the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Hitting coach Mark McGwire is 10th on the all-time home run list. Jeff Kent hit 351 home runs as a second baseman, more than anyone, including 73 with the Dodgers. Former 62nd-round draft pick Mike Piazza injected even more power to the catching position.None of them, however, became a Hall of Famer on Tuesday. The only inductee with Dodger ties was a 5-foot-11 pitcher from the Dominican Republic whose time in Los Angeles was brief but memorable.Pedro Martinez will be joining Craig Biggio, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson in Cooperstown, N.Y. It’s the first time three pitchers have been voted into the Hall of Fame in the same year.History — and now a bronze plaque — will credit the Dodgers for signing and developing one of the greatest pitchers of all time.