MLB Hall of Fame class of 2014 announced

Greg Maddux, who was nearly unanimous, is among three players to be enshrined in Cooperstown in 2014. Photo: Greg Maddux is among three players elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014/AP

MADISON, January 8, 2014 — After admitting three people, none of whom were living, in 2013, the Baseball Hall of Fame will get to have a proper induction ceremony this summer. Having previously announced the election of managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa the BBWAA today announced that Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Greg Maddux received 97% of the vote, which ranks 2nd all time percentage wise behind only Tom Seaver. Maddux posted a career record of 355-227 with a 3.16 ERA and 3371 strikeouts in his 23-year career. Maddux had a career ERA+ of 132, contributed 104.6 WAR according to baseball-reference and struck out 16.5% of the batters he faced while walking just 4.9% of the batters he faced in his career.


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Maddux won four consecutive CY Young Awards from 1992-95 while posting ERA+’s of 166, 170, 271 and 260, respectively. His 1994 and 1995 seasons rank fourth and fifth all time in ERA+, respectively. 

Tom Glavine received 92% of the vote well above the 70% threshold required for induction. The Braves previously had 11 players with Braves hats on their plaques. They will see a large uptick after today with Maddux, Glavine and Cox all likely to enter as Braves. Glavine posted a career record of 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA and 2607 strikeouts over his 22-year career. Glavine had a career ERA+ of 118, contributed 74 WAR and struck out 14.0% of the batters he faced and walked 8.1% of the batters he faced.

Glavine was a two time Cy Young Award winner, winning in both 1991, when he went 20-11 with a 153 ERA+, and 1998, when he went 20-6 with a 168 ERA+.

Frank Thomas received 83.7% of the vote. Thomas posted a career slash line of .301/.419/.531 in his 19-year career. Thomas amassed 521 home runs, contributed 73.8 WAR according to baseball-reference and is 20th all time in on base percentage.


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Thomas won back to back AL MVP Awards in 1993 and 1994, leading the AL in OBP both years with an eye popping .487 OBP in 1994. Thomas will be the 11thplayer to wear a White Sox hat on his plaque.

Craig Biggio just missed being inducted with 74.8% of the vote falling just short of the 75% of the votes needed, but the voters made some headway this year with the logjam that seems to be on the ballot.

Players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Time Raines, Curt Schilling, Mike Mussina, Alan Trammell, Mike Piazza, and Jeff Kent will have to hope to see their vote totals increase in 2015, but they will be joined by the likes of Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Gary Sheffield.

Jack Morris fell short in his final year on the ballot while receiving 61.5% of the necessary 75% of the votes. Rafael Palmeiro will also fall off the ballot after receiving just 4.4% of the vote. Unless he is put in by the Veteran’s Committee, Palmeiro will be the first player to have either 500 HRs or 3000 hits, let alone both, to be omitted from the Hall of Fame.

 


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