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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas To Hall Of Fame

NEW YORK (AP) -- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short and tainted stars of the Steroids Era remained far behind.

Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots by senior members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His 97.2 percentage was the eighth-highest in the history of voting.

Glavine, Maddux's longtime teammate in the Atlanta rotation, appeared on 525 ballots and received 91.9 percent. Thomas, the first Hall of Famer who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter, was at 483.

The trio will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 27 along with managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, elected last month by the expansion-era committee. Maddux and Glavine played under Cox for most of their careers.

"It's exciting for me to go in with my teammate," Maddux said.

Writers had not elected three players in one vote since Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount in 1999.

Biggio received 427 votes and 74.8 percent, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss. Biggio appeared on 388 ballots in his initial appearance last year and appears to be on track to gain election next year.

Mike Piazza was next was 62.2 percent followed by Jack Morris, who was 78 votes short at 61.5 percent in his 15th and final appearance on the writers' ballot. Jeff Bagwell got 54.3 percent.

Controversy over how to evaluate stars tainted by the Steroids Era continued to impact the vote totals of players with stellar statistics. In their second appearances on the ballot, Roger Clemens dropped from 37.6 percent to 35.4, Barry Bonds from 36.2 to 34.7 and Sammy Sosa from 12.5 to 7.2.

Appearing for the eighth time, Mark McGwire fell from 16.9 to 11.0. Rafael Palmeiro will be dropped from future ballots after falling to 25 votes and 4.4 percent - below the 5 percent threshold necessary to remain eligible for next year's vote.

Deadspin.com announced Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard had turned his ballot over to the website, which allowed readers to vote on how it should be cast.

"I hate all the moralizing we do in sports in general, but I especially hate the hypocrisy in this," Le Batard said in remarks posted by Deadspin. "`I always like a little anarchy inside the cathedral we've made of sports."

BBWAA Secretary-Treasurer Jack O'Connell declined comment.

Eighth on the wins list with a 355-227 record and a 3.16 ERA over 23 seasons, Maddux won four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Gloves with the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego. An eight-time All-Star, he won at least 13 games in 20 straight seasons.

Among pitchers with 3,000 innings whose careers began in 1921 or later - after the Dead Ball Era - Maddux's 1.80 walks per nine innings is second only to Robin Roberts' 1.73, according to STATS.

Glavine, a 10-time All-Star and a two-time Cy Young winner, was 305-203 over 22 seasons.

A two-time AL MVP, Thomas hit .301 with 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs in 19 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto and Oakland.

"This has been a stressful 48 hours," Thomas said in a statement. "This is something that I will have to sit back in the next three or four days and figure it out because you can only dream so big, as this is as big as it gets for me."

Writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point were eligible to consider the 36-player ballot.

Next year's vote could be even more crowded when Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado and Gary Sheffield become eligible, five years after their retirements. The BBWAA last month formed a committee to study whether the organization should ask the Hall to change the limit of 10 players per ballot.

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dakbraz January 08 2014 at 6:36 PM

The cheaters should be outcasts forever !

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Hi Ray J dakbraz January 08 2014 at 7:01 PM

I totaly agree, but the way the american people think? NCAA catches cheaters and no ban from working at other schools. US president are caught with there hands in the cookie jar and reelected. There is no justice

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burnsjro January 08 2014 at 6:55 PM

just some more of the same idiots getting on here and just blowing away all their non fact related bla bla bla, baseball has rules, one is you never can bet on baseball and can never bet on baseball when your the manager, Pete Rose finally admitted it, so let it go, he broke some of the most sacred rules of the game, and sports do need rules to guide the players, who will do anything to cheat in winning, and who else should vote for the HOF players, who else is qualified to know what every player has done and is doing, lol what do you want, some fan to make the judgement of who is the very best players to ever play the game, get real and have facts befor you make a fool of your self thanks

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coleagent007 January 08 2014 at 3:37 PM

Maddux was simply the best. No steroids for him, unlike Roger Clemens. Greg pitched in the live ball (steroid ) era and still dominated. The "Professor" was truly amazing, a pleasure to watch pitch.

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tkey525931 coleagent007 January 08 2014 at 3:51 PM

you don't know who used ped. you are taking the word of air heads and hotel lobby drunks

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tjm52667 coleagent007 January 08 2014 at 6:05 PM

I was never a Braves or Cubs fan , but I`m old enough to miss a well pitched 2 hour ballgame , Maddux was a no-brainer

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ibjimmc January 08 2014 at 3:38 PM

PETE ROSE DESERVES TO BE THERE. BETTING ON GAMES HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH HITTING AND PLAYING THE GAME. ROGER CLEMENS BEFORE STERIODS ERA WAS BLOWING THE BALL BY HITTERS

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ghelm92160 ibjimmc January 08 2014 at 3:42 PM

Did not hear the full report but today overheard a sports dialouge saying at one time meth was widespread and not illegal! Imagine that!

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redennen ibjimmc January 08 2014 at 4:25 PM

Sorry, players betting on baseball ruins the game. If you can't figure that out, there's no hope for you. Yes, Clemens was blowing the ball by hitters before taking steroids. Too bad he screwed up his chances for the Hall of Fame by taking 'roids, lying to Congress about it, etc. Great pitcher for part of his career, but a pin head in the end.

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Edwin January 08 2014 at 3:39 PM

why not Dale Murphy?

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trs51061 Edwin January 08 2014 at 3:45 PM

didnt have the nums

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steves1709 January 08 2014 at 11:07 PM

Albert Belle would have been a shoo-in, had he stayed healthy for the number of years Thomas played.

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John January 08 2014 at 3:41 PM

Off field poor judgement and bad behavior cannot be the criteria that is used to reject players from the Hall. If that were always true, would Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, et al be in? MLB's all-time leading hitter not in, ...c'mon, it's time for MLB to grow up and put Rose in. Jack Morris isn't in because he wasn't a likeable guy, which reduces voting to a popularity contest, not one based on achievement. ...and who were the 16 writers that didn't vote for Maddux? Are you kidding me? I'd love to meet them.

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trs51061 John January 08 2014 at 3:44 PM

i like pete met him in person, but the babe and the mick didnt bet on there team

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John trs51061 January 08 2014 at 4:02 PM

Only 'cause they were too drunk! And let's be serious, within the baseball environment that existed in the Ruth era, you don't think these guys gambled on themselves, their teams?

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rcurto John January 08 2014 at 3:55 PM

Not voting for Maddux is bizarre, but there are those people who just won't vote for a guy the first time he's eligible, no matter what. Stupid, but what can you say? As for Rose, please don't put him in the same sentence as Mantle or The Babe. They dwarfed him as players, no matter how many "singles" Pete hit over the 25 years he played. The reason what Rose did was so bad is simple. If you bet on the games, then the people paying to see the games, THE FANS, will have every reason to doubt what they see on the field. If the game is perceived as being fixed, well, what would the point be of watching it? Betting on games has the potential to destroy the entire sport, the entire industry. If Mantle or Ruth drank too much or chased women, they hurt themselves, but not the game itself.

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redennen rcurto January 08 2014 at 4:14 PM

Ditto

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John rcurto January 08 2014 at 4:35 PM

No. 1, Of course I don't rate Rose as the same caliber player as Mantle or Ruth, that wasn't my point.
No. 2, Rose bet only on his own team to win, which, I assume all managers want their own team to win so there's no impact on skewing the outcome of games any more that any other manager.
No. 3, Having, (in my younger days), showed up for work after partying, getting little sleep and seriously hungover, my job performance was definitely effected.

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dvldog61 January 08 2014 at 7:15 PM

They should also kick out/ ban and drug users!

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Charley & Cathy January 08 2014 at 10:54 PM

For those of you equating drinking and womanizing to taking PEDs, PEDs stands for performance enhancing drugs. Getting drunk or sleeping around the night before does not enhance your performance.

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smacera859 January 08 2014 at 7:38 PM

Maddux and Glavine were one-two with the Braves; now they're one-two in the Hall.

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