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January 9, 2014

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Baseball Hall

Biggio falls two votes short; Morris misses on final try

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Since Maddux split much of his career between the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs, Hall officials said they will announce which team’s cap will appear on his plaque next week. He played for the Cubs from 1986 to 1992 and from 2002 to 2004. He played with the Braves from 1993 to 2003. He also played with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. 

Maddux said getting enshrined with Glavine and Cox will make the day more special.

“It is almost a fairy tale ending,” said Maddux, who won 355 games. “They only thing that screwed it up was Smoltzy (former Atlanta teammate John Smoltz) waited one more year (to retire.)”

Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz were the top three pitchers for a Braves team that won the ‘95 World Series. They also played on Atlanta teams that lost the World Series to the New York Yankees in 1996 and 1999.

Maddux said he has been to Cooperstown several times, including 2009 when his son Chase played at the Cooperstown Dreams Park.

“What a great little town,” said Maddux, also in Cooperstown in 2008 as a member of the Padres when the 62nd and last Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown was rained out.

Maddux and Glavine, who got 91.9 percent of the vote, are the first pair of same-year inductees to get percentages in the 90s since 2007. That year, Cal Ripken (98.5) and Tony Gwynn (97.6) turned the trick and brought an estimated 75,000 fans to the Clark Sports Center for their induction ceremony.

Maddux and Glavine also are the first pitchers and teammates to be elected together since Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry in 1991. But Jenkins and Perry only played on the same team for parts of two seasons, both with the Texas Rangers, in 1975 and 1980. Maddux and Glavine spent 10 years together.

Thomas, who got 83.7 percent of the vote in part because of his 521 home runs, will be the first player inducted to have played the majority of his games as a designated hitter. In his 2,322 career games, he played 1,310 as a DH, or 54 percent. Paul Molitor, who was elected in 2004, played 44 percent of his games as a DH.

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