One year after no one was voted into Cooperstown, the Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome 3 new members in 2014.
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas are all going to Cooperstown on their first ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Jack Morris, who was on his final year of Hall of Fame eligibility received 61.5 percent of the vote, 13.5 percent short of the 75 percent needed.
There was talk prior to the results being announced that Maddux would break Tom Seaver’s record percentage of 98.84. Maddux came close to Seaver collecting 97.2 percent of the vote, Glavine received 91.9 percent, and Frank Thomas got 83.7 percent of the vote.
Craig Biggio will have to wait one more year after coming up 0.2 percentage points short in his 2nd year on the ballot. You can see the full results here.
Greg Maddux finished his career 8th on the all-time wins list with 355 victories. He won 2 Cy Youngs, and at least 15 games for 17 straight seasons. Tom Glavine was Maddux’s Atlanta Braves teammate for 10 seasons, and a 2-time Cy Young award winner who won 305 games in his career.
Frank Thomas is regarded as the greatest offensive player in the history of the White Sox, and won back to back MVPs in 1993-1994. From 1991-1997, he had seven straight seasons of hitting .300 with at least 20 homers, 100 walks, 100 RBIs, 100 runs scored, a .400 on-base percentage, and a .500 slugging percentage.
Maddux and Glavine will joining their long time Braves manager Bobby Cox who was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, the two faces of the steroid era, both fell way short of induction.
It was pretty clear from the start that Maddux, Glavine, and Thomas would be first ballot Hall of Famers, so not much of a surprise there.
The Hall of Fame hasn’t changed their minds of players associated with the steroid era, with Clemens and Bonds both failing to collect over 40 percent of the vote.
Craig Biggio didn’t get in, but will without a doubt get in next season. All he needed was 2 more votes.
Mike Piazza moved up with 62.2 percent, but appears to be at least a few years away from getting in.