New Hall of Famers: Maddux, Glavine and Thomas
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas will join managers Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox when the Class of 2014 is inducted later this year in Cooperstown, New York.
Maddux was one of the all-time greats, winning four consecutive Cy Young awards from 1992 to 1995 with the Cubs and Braves. He received 97.2% of the vote, a huge share of the votes, but falls short of Tom Seaver's all-time record of 98.84%.
Glavine pitched with Maddux for 10 seasons in Atlanta, and will join him in Cooperstown as a well-deserving first-ballot Hall of Famer. Glavine received 91.9% of votes.
Thomas was the only player in MLB history with 7 straight seasons of 20 HR, 100 RBI, 100 walks and a .300 average. He was another first-ballot Hall of Famer. He was inducted with 83.7% of voters casting a "yes" vote for him.
Craig Biggio finished with 74.8% of the vote, one of the closest misses ever. Mike Piazza, the greatest offensive catcher of all time, received 62.2%.
In his final year on the ballot, pitcher Jack Morris missed out once again, receiving only 61.5% of the vote, far less than the 75% needed for induction.
Congrats to Maddux, Glavine and Thomas on great careers and well-deserved Hall of Fame inductions.