January 2014

Maddux and Glavine gain first-ballot Hall of Fame selections

Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine can add the term Hall of Famer to their illustrious resumes.

Maddux, Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to Baseball’s National Hall of Fame on Wednesday afternoon.  Each of the three former players easily received the necessary 75 percent of the votes cast by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.   <p>

While it was already known Maddux would not become the Hall of Fame’s first unanimous selection, there was reason to wonder if he would receive the highest percentage of votes ever cast.   He fell just short of that mark, receiving 97.2 percent  (555 of 571 ballots).   Nolan Ryan and Tom Seaver share the record with  98.8 percent.  <p>

Glavine was also viewed as a no-brainer selection by most of the voters.  He received a vote on 91.9 percent of the ballots.  <p>

Maddux, Glavine and Thomas will be inducted to the Hall of Fame on July 27.  Joining the two former Braves pitchers on the stage in Cooperstown that day will be their beloved skipper Bobby Cox, who  along with Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, became a part of the 2014 Hall of Fame class via a Veterans Committee vote in December.   <p>

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