The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class will have a lot of Atlanta flare. Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, two Braves greats, will join manager Bobby Cox in Cooperstown. Frank Thomas, a Georgia-native, will also be enshrined:
Two great pitchers from the Atlanta Braves and one great slugger who spent many of his best years with the Chicago White Sox are the newest additions to baseball’s hall of fame.
The new inductees were announced at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday and they are:
— Greg Maddux of the Braves.
— Tom Glavine of the Braves and later the New York Mets.
— Frank Thomas, who along with the White Sox played for Oakland and Toronto. He’s the first player who spent most of his career as a designated hitter to be put in the hall of fame.
Maddux was named on 97.2 percent of the more than 500 writers’ ballots. Glavine was on 91.9 percent. Thomas was on 83.7 percent.
Players must receive 75% of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America in order to make it to Cooperstown.
Some thought that Maddux would be the first unanimous selection to the Hall of Fame. That didn’t happen. He did, however, come very close to eclipsing Tom Seaver’s mark for highest percentage of the vote. The New York Mets’ pitcher took 98.84% of the vote in 1992.
John Smoltz will be on the ballot next year.