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    2014 Hall of Fame

    Maddux, Glavine, Thomas Elected on First Try


    For only the second time since the first National Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1936, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America elected three players in their first year of eligibility to the Hall of Fame in balloting verified by Ernst & Young.

    Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and designated hitter-first baseman Frank Thomas all cleared the 75-percent plurality threshold to gain election to the Hall of Fame and will be inducted in ceremonies July 25-28 at Cooperstown, N.Y.

    Maddux was the leading vote getter with 555 votes of the 571 ballots, including one blank, cast by senior members of the BBWAA, writers with 10 or more consecutive years of service. That represented 97.2 percent of the vote. Glavine received 525 votes (91.9 percent) and Thomas 478 (83.7). It marked the first time that three first-ballot nominees were elected since Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount in 1999.

    Craig Biggio missed the 75-percent cutoff point of 429 by two votes, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Trayor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history. Traynor was elected in 1948. Fox was in his last year on the ballot and was subsequently elected by the Veterans Committee in 1997. It was Biggio’s second year on the ballot. Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote.

    Pitcher Jack Morris received 351 votes (61.5) in his final year on the ballot and will be eligible for the Expansion Era Committee consideration in the fall of 2016. Players receiving sufficient support to remain on the BBWAA ballot were first baseman Jeff Bagwell (54.3), outfielder Tim Raines (46.1), pitcher Roger Clemens (35.4), outfielder Barry Bonds (34.7), relief pitcher Lee Smith (29.9), pitcher Curt Schilling (29.2), designated hitter-third baseman Edgar Martinez (25.2), shortstop Alan Trammell (20.8), pitcher Mike Mussina (20.3), second baseman Jeff Kent (15.2), first baseman Fred McGriff (11.7), first baseman Mark McGwire (11.0), outfielder Larry Walker (10.2), first baseman Don Mattingly (8.2) and outfielder Sammy Sosa (7.2).

    Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of Hall of Fame classmates both to record voting percentages in the 90th-percentile since 2007 with Cal Ripken Jr. (98.5) and Tony Gwynn (97.6). Overall it is the fifth time in Hall of Fame voting history that classmates have recorded 90th-percentile totals, joining 1936 (Ty Cobb 98.2 Honus Wagner 95.1, Babe Ruth 95.1, Christy Mathewson 90.7); 1989 (Johnny Bench 96.4, Carl Yastrzemski 94.6); 1999 (Ryan 98.8, Brett 98.29) and 2007.

    Thomas is the first Hall of Famer to have played a majority of games at the DH position. He appeared in 2,322 career games, with 1,310 coming as a DH, (56.4 percent). Paul Molitor, who was elected in 2004, played 44 percent of his games as a DH.

    Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of 300-game winners elected in the same year since 1973 – Warren Spahn (363) and Mickey Welch (307). The only other time two 300-game winners were elected in the same year was in 1936 when the BBWAA chose Walter Johnson (417) and Christy Mathewson (373). Maddux and Glavine are the first pair of living 300-game winners elected to the Hall of Fame in the same year.

    The election of Maddux and Glavine marks the first time since 1992 that two former big league starting pitchers entered the Hall in the same class. That year Tom Seaver was elected by the BBWAA and Hal Newhouser by the Veterans Committee. The last time two former big league starting pitchers were elected in the same year by the BBWAA was 1991 – Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry. Jenkins and Perry were also prior members of the same rotation to be elected together, having pitched albeit for only part of each season with the Texas Rangers in 1975 and 1980. The last time two big league starters that pitched at least one whole season in the same rotation were elected to the Hall of Fame was 1946; Jack Chesbro and Rube Waddell took regular turns in the Pittsburgh Pirates rotation in 1900. Another member of the Class of 1946, Eddie Plank, was in the Philadelphia Athletics rotation with Waddell from 1902-07.


Name
Votes (Pct.)
Yrs on ballot
Greg Maddux 555 (97.2%) 1
Tom Glavine 525 (91.9) 1
Frank Thomas 478 (83.7) 1
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Craig Biggio 427 (74.8) 2
Mike Piazza 355 (62.2) 2
Jack Morris 351 (61.5) 15
Jeff Bagwell 310 (54.3) 4
Tim Raines 263 (46.1) 7
Roger Clemens 202 (35.4) 2
Barry Bonds 198 (34.7) 2
Lee Smith 171 (29.9) 12
Curt Schilling 167 (29.2) 2
Edgar Martinez 144 (25.2) 5
Alan Trammell 119 (20.8) 13
Mike Mussina 116 (20.3) 1
Jeff Kent 87 (15.2) 1
Fred McGriff 67 (11.7) 8
Mark McGwire 63 (11.0) 8
Larry Walker 58 (10.2) 4
Don Mattingly 47 (8.2) 14
Sammy Sosa 41 (7.2) 2
Rafael Palmeiro 25 (4.4) 4
Moises Alou 6 (1.1) 1
Hideo Nomo 6 (1.1) 1
Luis Gonzalez 5 (0.9) 1
Eric Gagne 2 (0.4) 1
J.T. Snow 2 (0.4) 1
Armando Benitez 1 (0.2) 1
Jacque Jones 1 (0.2) 1
Kenny Rogers 1 (0.2) 1
Sean Casey 0 (0) 1
Ray Durham 0 (0) 1
Todd Jones 0 (0) 1
Paul LoDuca 0 (0) 1
Richie Sexson 0 (0) 1
Mike Timlin 0 (0) 1




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Deadspin bought a vote from a mystery voter, who turned out to be Dan Le Batard. (Le Batard insisted on receiving nothing for the vote, so bought may not be the right word.) That ballot voted for Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martínez, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Curt Schilling, some totally defensible selections. (Votes per ballot generally appeared to be way up this year.)

The group added next year will include

Randy Johnson
Pedro Martinez
John Smoltz
Gary Sheffield
Brian Giles
Nomar Garciaparra
Carlos Delgado
Darin Erstad
Tom Gordon
Jason Schmidt





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Finally the Jack Morris debate has been put to bed. I know he can still get admitted by whatever committee, but nobody pays attention to that process until the announcements are made.

Jayson Stark in his column about his ballot yesterday said something to the effect of, "how have we not settled the question of Jack Morris' Hall of Fame credentials yet?" I had to make sure I was reading it right - in what way is 14 (now 15) straight years of being told no not settling the question? What Stark meant was, "why haven't I convinced everyone to see things my way yet?" It was surprising for me to see Stark, who I think is a pretty good and insightful writer, push for Morris in the same column where he used all these relatively advanced metrics to argue for Piazza and Mussina and Glavine, and then tout Morris, whose legacy is based on a single exaggerated game and little else. Would Jack Morris be the worst Hall of Famer if he got admitted? No. But that doesn't mean he belongs.

Anyway, Schilling, Piazza, Clemens, Bonds and Biggio all belong in the hall. Biggio and Piazza will probably make it with time, but I'm not so sure about the others - in particular I'm shocked by Schilling's poor showing. But the Hall will continue to be invalid (or at least incomplete) as a collection of the sport's best players or as a museum dedicated to the sport's history until those guys are all in it.
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So Maddux, Thomas and Glavine are essentially replaced by Randy, Pedro and Smoltz, all of whom I'm presuming will be first-ballot guys next year. Morris is also gone so now some voters can actually spend their votes on a worthy candidate rather than a slightly-above average workhorse with "a single exaggerated game" boosting his credentials.



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Is there any one player that benefits in a positive way more from the steroid era than Frank Thomas? Sure, with his credentials, two MVPs and a World Series ring, he eventually makes it in, but being so outspoken against PEDs, and generally regarded as a clean player have to have helped him move from eventual HOFer to making on the First Ballot. Glad he made it in. Unfortunately for the Chicago White Sox, I don't see another potential HOFer in the Pipeline any time soon.

It was cool to watch the MLB Network announcement of the HOF, when they had Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz all on screen (Maddux was actually via Telephone) in the same segment.

After no one going in last year, the six pack of La Russa, Torre, Cox, Maddux, Glavine, and Thomas is a great way to rebound.











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Don Mattingly. Christ. All three guys are worthy of the Hall. Frank has never been linked to anything, so I think he gets a pass. To be fair, its not like pitchers weren't involved in the steroid era either, an era Glavine and Maddux were in.



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I don't think the voters will really know what to do with Smoltz, because he's part reliever and part starter. He'll get in eventually, but his unusual career and the people who put a higher bar on the first ballot is going to make him wait longer.



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Smoltz would've been in better shape he had been eligible this year, in a weird way. I suspect he would've gotten more votes as part of the Atlanta wave of Cox, Maddux and Glavine all also getting in.

Smoltz only spent four of his 21 seasons as a primary reliever, so he's not exactly an Eckersley case. Smoltz has a strong enough HOF case from his starting pitching alone, but combine those four relief years (when he was the best non-Mariano closer in the sport), and I think that's enough to get him in within his first two years of balloting.

I'll predict that next year's class is the Big Unit, Biggio, Pedro and (just narrowly) Smoltz, in that order. Yeah, Biggio will get more votes than Pedro --- I can see a lot of voters making it up to him for the close miss by putting him on their ballots for the first time.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    Deadspin bought a vote from a mystery voter, who turned out to be Dan Le Batard. (Le Batard insisted on receiving nothing for the vote, so bought may not be the right word.) That ballot voted for Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio, Edgar Martínez, Jeff Bagwell, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Curt Schilling, some totally defensible selections.


It's really something that on an up/down no-limit vote, there were still only five Deadspin nominees with over 75% of the vote.



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