Earlier this month it was announced that former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. He could be joined by two former Cy Young Award winners that he had the opportunity to coach.
With Bobby Cox already a lock for the Hall, there is no doubt that Greg Maddux will be inducted in 2014. Maddux won 355 games over his 23-year career and held a lifetime ERA of 3.16 in an era that was dominated by hitters and PED’s. Maddux also won his fair share of hardware in his playing days. Maddux won 18 consecutive Gold Glove Awards, as well as winning 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards in his long career. In addition to the individual awards, Maddux was the ace on a World Series team with Atlanta in 1995. His body of work gives him a chance to be the first ever, unanimous selection into the Hall.
The big question mark here is Tom Glavine. As great as Glavine was over his 22-year span in the majors, it may be hard for him to be elected into the Hall on his first ballot. There is no doubt that Glavine is a Hall of Famer, it’s just a matter of when he is inducted. Glavine’s talent speaks for itself; he had a 3.54 ERA on his was to winning 305 games in his career (good for 21st all time). The fact of the matter is that no number 2 starting pitcher has ever been elected into the hall on the first ballot, and that is essentially what Glavine was throughout time with Atlanta. If the voters can see past that fact then we could see the potentially see trio enter the Baseball Hall of Fame together in 2014.
The results of the Baseball Hall of Fame voting will be announced on January 8th, 2014.