Posted November 26, 2013

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine among newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot announced Tuesday

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The results will be announced in January and the ceremony will take place in July. (Associated Press)

The results will be announced in January and the ceremony will take place in July. (Associated Press)

Eighteen-time Gold Glove winner Greg Maddux, 10-time All-Star Tom Glavine and 4-time Silver Slugger Frank Thomas are among the 19 newcomers named on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot announced Tuesday.

Other names on the ballot for the first time include Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez. The Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday that the 36-player ballot  also includes Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin. The entire list can be seen here, on the site for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BWAA)

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The list also includes such controversial figures as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa —whose reputations were tainted by their ties to steroid allegations and charges.

The players will be chosen for induction by the BWAA, and the results will be announced on Jan. 8, with inductions scheduled for July 24 at the home of the baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y. Last year, the Hall of Fame failed for the first time since 1996 to induct any nominees.

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9 comments
tracejuno
tracejuno

"Eighteen-time Gold Glove winner Greg Maddux, 10-time All-Star Tom Glavine and 4-time Silver Slugger Frank Thomas"

 - yup, those are the first things that come to mind when I think about those three...

oasis1994
oasis1994

I don't see Thomas getting in on the first ballot, which is a shame. This guy was amazing to watch growing up. He would have gotten in, in my mind had he played first more than DH later in his career.

If Maddux and Glavine do not get in on their first try, then the voters should get banned. They seriously have issues if they do not. 

I am interested to see how Kent does. I think he belongs and see him getting in after 2 or 3 tries.



doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

All three should get in on first ballot,  but they may make Thomas wait. He put up some great numbers, and it would be a shame for him to have to wait forever. This being the Baseball Hall of Fame, where even obvious Hall of Famers will have cases against them by idiotic writers, he may have to. 

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

Too bad Gagne got caught up near the end of his career in the PED talks.  He'd be a surefire first ballot guy before, but now, he's waiting for the first wave of the "asterix division" to get in.


I am curious to see if Moises or the Gambler get in.  Moises did hit over .300 for his career and lasted 17 years, and Kenny did finish with 2,000+ strikeouts.  I would also assume Frank, Kent, Gonzo, and Moose get in eventually (I would think Frank is a first-ballot guy, too, but he hit his home runs in the wrong era, even though he hasn't been connected to anything and has been an advocate for better drug testing).


I also want to see where the Mayor winds up.  He might be a long shot, since his average was pretty good, but he didn't really have the most impressive numbers besides that.  Still, hits are hits, regardless of whether or not they're driving anyone in.  And he was one of the nicest guys in the sport.

ineedataxi
ineedataxi

It's a no brainer Maddux  & Glavine will be first ballot

colinchristopher
colinchristopher

@BosephHeyden PEDs or not, there's no way Eric Gagne have been a "surefire first ballot guy." He had three great seasons as a closer. Other than that, he was either injured or ineffective. 187 career saves doesn't get you in the Hall of Fame. If it did, Craig Kimbrel could probably retire after 2014.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@ineedataxi Indeed.  There is no good reason whatsoever they don't go in.  There's no steroid connection, and their numbers are both there.

Michael10
Michael10

@BosephHeyden @ineedataxi Gaylord Perry and Fergie Jenkins waited three years each. Robin Roberts and Early Wynn waited four years, Phil Neikro and Don Sutton took five ballots a piece. All had cases as good as (most better) than Glavine. Outside Clemens, three hundred wins still pretty much guarantees a HOF berth, but it is by no means a first ballot lock...

Five hundred HR guys like Thomas (those not linked to PEDs anyway) have a much better track record of early admission -- espcially those with .300/.400/.500 slash lines.