Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to hall of fame
The Reuters Sports Xchange
Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and manager Bobby Cox are going into the Baseball Hall of Fame together.
Maddux was named on 97.2 percent of the ballots and Glavine received 91.9 percent in the results of voting announced Wednesday in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Also elected was former Chicago White slugger Frank Thomas, the first primary designated hitter to make it into the Hall of Fame. His name appeared on 83.7 percent of the 579 ballots.
Longtime Houston Astros infielder Craig Biggio just missed election at 74.8 percent. Candidates must receive a minimum 75 percent to be voted in.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza fell short at 62.2 percent and longtime Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins pitcher Jack Morris failed again, getting 61.5 percent.
Barry Bonds (34.7 percent) and Roger Clemens (35.4), who candidacies are tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drugs usage, lost support compared with last year.
Maddux, Glavine and Thomas will be joined in the induction ceremony by Cox and former managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, who were elected by the Hall of Fame’s Expansio Era committee last month.
Maddux, 47, ranks eighth in baseball history in wins (355), 10th in strikeouts (3,371) and fourth in games started (740).
He received the seventh highest percentage in history, trailing only Tom Seaver (98.84 percent), Nolan Ryan (98.79 percent), Cal Ripken Jr. (98.53 percent), Ty Cobb (98.23 percent), George Brett (98.19), Hank Aaron (97.83) and Tony Gwynn (97.61).
Over a 23-season career that included 11 years with the Braves and 10 years with the Chicago Cubs over two stints, Maddux won four Cy Young Awards and a record 18 Gold Gloves. He also pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres late in his career.
An eight-time All-Star, Maddux compiled a career 355-227 record with a 3.16 ERA.
Glavine, 47, was Maddux’s teammate with the Braves from 1993-2002. He pitched in the majors 22 years, 17 of them with the Braves, five with the New York Mets.
A 10-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner, Glavine finished 305-203 with a 3.54 ERA in 682 career starts.
Glavine led the National League in wins five times, and he guided the Braves to the World Series five times. Both Glavine and Maddux earned their only championship in 1995.
Thomas, 45, won back-to-back American League MVP Awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and ‘94. He placed in the top three in MVP voting five times overall. “The Big Hurt” finished his 19-year career with 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs. He drove in 1,704 runs, scored 1,494 and had more walks (1,667) than strikeouts (1,397).
Biggio, 48, narrowly missed getting elected to the Hall of Fame last year in his first time on the ballot. He was selected by 68.2 percent of the voters a year ago.
He was selected an All-Star twice as a catcher and five times as a second baseman, and he earned three Gold Gloves at second base. Biggio collected 3,060 hits while batting .281 with a .363 on-base percentage, a .433 slugging percentage, 291 homers, 1,175 RBIs and 414 stolen bases in 2,850 career games.
Biggio spent his entire 20-year career with the Astros.
Morris, 58, produced regular-season statistics that were more notable for their quantity than their quality. He finished 254-186 with a pedestrian 3.90 ERA in 549 games (527 starts) over 18 seasons.
Where he excelled was the postseason, as he was a crucial contributor to championship runs by the Tigers in 1984, the Twins in 1991 and the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992.
In the three World Series, Morris went a combined 4-2 with a 2.96 ERA in seven starts. His defining moment was Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, when he threw a 10-inning shutout, carrying the Twins to a 1-0 win over the Braves.