Maddux, Glavine elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

January 8, 2014 14:34 pm

by Jason · 6 comments

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.
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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.

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Jason Pye (@jaseliberty) January 8, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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Noway January 8, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Glad to see Clemmons get 34%. That cheat will have to wait for the veterans committee, if then.

Buzz Brockway January 8, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Maddux was the best pitcher of his era IMHO. His high percentage in the voting is well deserved. At first I was upset he wasn’t elected unanimously, but that would be like saying he was the greatest pitcher ever, which probably isn’t true.

Glavine is also deserving of his high percentage. He’s among the best of his era and one of the best left-handers we’ve ever seen.

drjay January 8, 2014 at 3:14 pm

good for them, smoltz may not end up as a first ballot guy as randy johnson and pedro martinez are up next year as well, tough break for craig biggio—he came up two votes short, got 74.8% and they don’t round up…

Mrs. Adam Kornstein January 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Glavine and Maddux endorsing Smoltz and Rob Pitts press release in draft for now.