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Three Players and Three Managers In Lancer Athletics Voted into MLB Hall of Fame

by Seth Miller

In what was the most anticipated Hall of Fame voting in years, the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame induction class is Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas. All received well over the 75 percent threshold needed to be inducted. Maddux (97.2%) led the voting, followed closely by his teammate, Glavine (91.9%). Thomas (83.7%) rounded out the Hall of Fame class. Joining those three are former managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa, who were voted in by the Veterans election committee. Torre, Cox and LaRussa were voted the best managers of the past 20 years. They combined multiple World Series rings, Division titles and Pennants.

Just barely missing out of being a part of the new induction class, Crag Biggio (74.8%) missed the cut by a meager two votes. Rounding out the voting were Mike Piazza (62.2%), Jack Morris (61.5%) and Jeff Bagwell (54.3%). Others such as Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Curt Schilling received between 30 and 40 percent. There were several players who failed to receive the minimum 5% of votes to remain on the ballot. Some of these include Rafael Palmeiro (4.4%), Moises Alou (1.1%) and Luis Gonzalez (0.9%). 

The voting results turned out as expected and makes for an interesting ballot next year. Making their first appearance on the ballot are Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield, Nomar Garciaparra, Carlos Delgado and Jermaine Dye. The early favorites to be inducted are Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz. This should make for interesting storylines leading up to the induction of the 2015 Hall of Fame class next winter.

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