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(SNH) — The Pirates announced their 2024 Hall of Fame class with three veterans being added.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame was established in 2022 with 19 members inducted as part of the inaugural class including Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell and Honus Wagner.

Barry Bonds, Jim Leyland and Manny Sanguillen make up the third class of inductees, the team said recently. The trio will officially be inducted on Aug. 24 at PNC Park.

“As an organization, we are proud to add three significant members to the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame,” Pirates chairman Bob Nutting said. “Included in this year’s class is a two-time MVP Award winner in Barry, a two-time Manager of the Year Award winner in Jim, and a two-time World Series champion with the Pirates in Manny. All three inductees are very deserving of this prestigious recognition. We look forward to celebrating their induction with our fans and sharing their stories for generations to come.”

When Leyland took the job in Pittsburgh, the Pirates were coming off a 105-loss season in 1985. Just three seasons later, he led the franchise to a winning season. Leyland won three straight NL East division titles from 1990-1992 and was voted Manager of the Year in 1990 and 1992.

In December, Leyland was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He will be inducted alongside Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer and Todd Helton on July 21 in Cooperstown.

“Being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame and now the Pirates Hall of Fame makes me feel so fortunate,” Leyland said.

Bonds played for Leyland just a year after being selected by the Pirates in the first round out of Arizona State in 1985. Bonds played seven seasons in Pittsburgh and reached superstardom in 1990 by hitting .301 with 33 home runs and 114 RBIs to go along with 52 stolen bases. He won his second MVP in Pittsburgh in 1992 by posting his best OPS as a Pirate at 1.080.

Bonds also won three straight gold gloves from 1990-1992 during his final three seasons in Pittsburgh, then went on to win five MVPs as a San Francisco Giant.

“Pittsburgh is where my career started,” Bonds said. “That’s who drafted me, and I couldn’t have had a better manager, a better team and better starting point. It was perfect.”

Sanguillen didn’t play for Leyland but played against him in the minor leagues in 1965. He hit for an average of .299 in his 12 seasons with Pittsburgh and made three All-Star teams as a Pirate. Sanguillen hit .379 in the Pirates 1971 World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles in seven games.

Sanguillen was traded to the Oakland Athletics for one season, but the Pirates re-acquired him in 1978 before winning the World Series the following year.

“God is the boss,” Sanguillen said. “He sent me out to Oakland, then he brought me back. I’ve always been grateful for that. God, my family and the Pirates – those are the three things I’ve always loved in this world.

“This is a big honor from the Pirates, and I really appreciate it. The Pirates had so many great players when I was coming up. To be able to become part of that was very special to me.”

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