One of the darker days of the 2013 MLB year is now a distant memory as the 2014 Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame class has been announced. Frank Thomas was elected with just under 90% approval while former teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine both received over 90% with Maddux getting over 97% approval votes. That gave him the second highest approval rating of all time behind Tom Seaver who received over 98%.
If you are wondering who would vote against either of the three of these guys then you are not alone. There could be no more deserving first time candidates than them. Thomas with well over 500 home runs and better than 1700 RBI over his nearly two decade career is a no brainer. He remained one of the biggest threats at the plate the entire time he was a big leaguer. That level of consistency is well deserving of the honor of the Hall of Fame.
Speaking of consistency, we come to the teammates of Glavine and Maddux. As soon as Maddux was brought over to the Atlanta Braves from the Chicago Cubs, their dynasty took a step to the next level. Maddux had 355 wins for his career while Glavine came in just over 300. Former teammate of theirs John Smoltz suggests that these may be the final two 300 game winners in the history of baseball.
It is difficult to argue with him. Imagine a pitcher having that level of consistency over twenty years, or almost that long at least. The same could be said for Thomas at the plate. The “Big Hurt” was more than a match for any pitcher he ever faced. It feels extremely good to say that the Baseball Writers of America got it right this year. There were none on the ballot more deserving than these three guys, first year of eligibility or not. Congratulations to them and their families.