COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (CBSMiami) – The Baseball Hall of Fame revealed the 2013 inductees Wednesday afternoon and while no one was a unanimous selection, three former Major League stars were selected for Cooperstown.
Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine along with Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas all were selected to the Hall of Fame Thursday. Maddux and Glavine were 300 games and Thomas hit over 500 home runs during their respective careers.
Maddux led all vote-getters, appearing on 97.2 percent of all the ballots cast. Maddux’s vote total was the seventh-highest in Hall of Fame history.
Glavine appeared on 91.9 percent of the ballots and along with Maddux are the first starting pitchers who started playing after 1970 to be elected to the Hall.
Thomas, a massive slugger who towered over opponents, was named on 83.7 percent of the ballots. The selection of three players was the largest class of inductees since 1999.
In their second years on the ballot, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens received 34.7 percent and 35.4 percent of the vote, respectively. They actually received less support this year than last. Performance-enhancing drug allegations have certainly hurt their cases for unduction into Cooperstown and it doesn’t appear they will be getting in anytime soon.
The full voting results are available at the BBWAA’s official website.
The Expansion Era Committee unanimously elected former managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre into the Hall of Fame last month. They’ll be on the stage with Maddux, Glavine and Thomas in Cooperstown during Hall of Fame weekend this summer, which runs from July 25-28.