If you thought that last year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was incredibly difficult to vote on, then you have not seen anything yet. Along with Craig Biggio, Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, the Baseball Writers Association of America have Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas and Mike Mussina all entering the class for the first time.
Nobody from the aforementioned list of players were voted into 2013’s Hall of Fame class, and it would not be surprising if no one gets the 75-percent needed to get into the Hall of Fame again this year. Joining Maddux, Glavine, Thomas and Mussina as first-timers on the ballot this year are Moises Alou, Luis Gonzalez, Eric Gagne and Jeff Kent among a laundry list of others.
Maddux and Glavine have the best chance of getting in on this ballot. Maddux won 355 games over a 23-year career which included four straight Cy Young award winning seasons from 1992 with the Chicago Cubs to the Atlanta Braves where he won the award from 1993-1995. He also recorded 3,371 strikeouts.
His former Braves teammate, Glavine, is also bringing in 300-plus wins and two Cy Young awards with him over a 22-year career. Both pitchers are all-time greats and are two of the most notable pitchers in this generation’s baseball. Glavine and Maddux both were also never linked to performance-enhancing drugs either.
Thomas and Mussina are also two big-name superstars on the ballot for the first time. Thomas won two MVP awards and hit 521 home runs while Mussina won 270 games between pitching for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees but never won a Cy Young award.
With the additions to these players it will a shame if nobody gets in again. Still the talk of the vote will be about the players linked to PEDs like Bonds and Clemens. Steroids or not, it will be sad to see the league’s all-time home run leader be left out once again