2014 Hall of Fame results: 3 voted in

Jim McIsaac

Three of the games best players have been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas have each been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

Maddux received 97.2% of the vote, one of the highest percentages in Hall of Fame history. The 16 voters who left him off their ballot have some serious explaining to do (many of you already know that I have a strong affection for Greg Maddux, my all-time favorite pitcher and a man who inspired me to create a new baseball statistic). Glavine received 91.9% of the vote, and Thomas got 83.7%

Craig Biggio narrowly missed, receiving 74.8% of the vote. He was just two votes shy, and mutiple voters have already said they wanted to vote for him, but left him off their ballot due to the foolish 10-player limit. That's a shame, and the Hall of Fame should remove the limit before next year's voting.

These 3 represent less than 20% of the 17 players on the ballot I think are deserving, but it's still a sizable group, by BBWAA standards. The last time they voted in 3 players in the same year was 1999. Given that the Veterans Committee also inducted Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre last month, induction weekend will be quite an affair, especially for Braves fans.

Looking further down the list of this year's results, you find that Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and others with PED connections continue to make little progress. Bonds went from 36.3% last year to 34.7% this time, Clemens went from 37.6% to 35.4%. They'll get in eventually, but not for a while, and perhaps not ever through the BBWAA.

Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines both received fewer votes than they did a year ago, so they don't look likely to make it anytime soon either. Biggio and Mike Piazza (62.2%) are the only players from this year's ballot who didn't get in, but have a realistic chance next year (though with Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Gary Sheffield eligible for the first time, things aren't getting any less crowded.

Among those falling off the ballot due to their receiving less than 5% of the vote is Rafael Palmerio, who had 3,020 hits and 569 career home runs.

Jack Morris, who has (by no choice of his own) become a lightning rod candidate in recent years, with strong support from many traditional media outlet members, and almost no support among the sabermetric crowd, fell short of induction in his 15th and final year on the ballot. He'll probably end up voted in by the Veterans Committee in the next 5 to 10 years though, so don't worry, you haven't heard the end of that debate!

You can see the full voting results here.

Anyway, congratulations to Maddux, Glavine, and Thomas, worthy Hall of Famers all.

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