Steve Guiremand Top News — 08 January 2014
Heading to the Hall: Greg Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected

Baseball’s Hall of Fame elected three new members on Wednesday and Las Vegas was well represented.

Valley High graduate Greg Maddux, a second round pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft who didn’t have any college scholarship offers, joined former Atlanta Braves pitching teammate Tom Glavine and first baseman/DH Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas, who won two MVP awards with the Chicago White Sox and now lives in Las Vegas, as first ballot selections.

Maddux, 47, ranks eighth in baseball history in wins (355), 10th in strikeouts (3,371) and fourth in games started (740). He also won four Cy Young Awards and a record 18 Gold Gloves.

“Man, I guess it really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Maddux said during an interview with the MLB Network. “It’s a tremendous honor. Obviously I’d like to thank all the writers who voted for me.”

Maddux, a frequent attendee over the years at Runnin’ Rebel basketball games, had a 23-season career that included 11 years with the Atlanta Braves and 10 years with the Chicago Cubs over two stints. He also pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres late in his career. The eight-time All-Star compiled a career 355-227 record with a 3.15 ERA.

Maddux’s 97.2 voting percentage was the eighth highest in history. Tom Seaver remains No. 1 at 98.84 followed by Nolan Ryan (98.79).

Thomas, 45, won back-to-back American League MVP Awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and ’94. He 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).

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. The 10-time All-Star and two-time Cy Young Award winner finished with a 305-203 record and 3.54 ERA in 682 career starts.

It was almost a four-person class. Former Houston Astros star Craig Biggio, in his second appearance on the ballot, finished with 427 votes and 74.8 percent, matching Nellie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin to just miss. A player must be named on 75 percent of the ballots to be inducted which means Biggio fell two votes short.

The former players will be joined in the induction ceremony by former managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, who were elected by the Hall of Fame’s Expansion Era committee last month. That means six living members will be heading to Induction Weekend on July 26-27 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The 2014 ballot featured 36 candidates, with 17 returnees and 19 newcomers.

Player (Years on ballot), Total Votes, Percentage
Greg Maddux (1) 555, 97.2
Tom Glavine (1) 525, 91.9
Frank Thomas (1) 478, 83.7
Craig Biggio (2) 427, 74.8
Mike Piazza (2) 355, 62.2
Jack Morris (15) 351, 61.5
Jeff Bagwell (4) 310, 54.3
Tim Raines (7) 263, 46.1
Roger Clemens (2) 202, 35.4
Barry Bonds (2) 198, 34.7
Lee Smith (12) 171, 29.9
Curt Schilling (2) 167, 29.2
Edgar Martinez (5) 144, 25.2
Alan Trammell (13) 119, 20.8
Mike Mussina (1) 116, 20.3
Jeff Kent (1) 87, 15.2
Fred McGriff (8) 67, 11.7
Mark McGwire (8) 63, 11.0
Larry Walker (4) 58, 10.2
Don Mattingly (14) 47, 8.2
Sammy Sosa (2) 41, 7.2
Rafael Palmeiro (4) 25, 4.4
Moises Alou (1) 6, 1.1
Hideo Nomo (1) 6, 1.1
Luis Gonzalez (1) 5, 0.9
Eric Gagne (1) 2, 0.4
J.T. Snow (1) 2, 0.4
Armando Benitez (1) 1, 0.2
Jacque Jones (1) 1, 0.2
Kenny Rogers (1) 1, 0.2
Sean Casey (1) 0, 0.0
Ray Durham (1) 0, 0.0
Todd Jones (1) 0, 0.0
Paul Lo Duca (1) 0, 0.0
Richie Sexson (1) 0, 0.0
Mike Timlin (1) 0, 0.0

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