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Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas get nod in Hall of Fame vote

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Former Atlanta pitching greats Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will join their skipper Bobby Cox in the 2014 class for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The two pitchers passed the necessary threshold of 75% of the vote in an announcement made today by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Former White Sox designated hitter and first baseman Frank Thomas also gained election.

July’s induction will be dominated by memories of Atlanta's glory of the 1990s. Former Braves manager Bobby Cox got the nod in Veterans Committee voting results announced December 9th.

Glavine won 244 games and two Cy Young Awards playing for Cox in all but three of the pitcher's 17 seasons in Atlanta. The 305-game winner was named on 91.9% of the writers’ ballots.

Some thought Maddux might eclipse Tom Seaver’s voting percentage record of 98.54%. Instead he garnered 97.2%, falling just short of joining Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr., and George Brett as the only players to receive as much as 98%.

Maddux won the Cy Young Award four consecutive years from 1992-1995, posting a 75-29 record and a 1.98 during that time. He finished with the most wins in Major League baseball during the 1990s.

His sustained dominance is evidenced by 355 career wins, a number eclipsed only by Warren Spahn’s 363 since the start of the live-ball era in 1920. Also recognized for his brilliance as a fielder, Maddux has a record 18 Gold Gloves.

A mainstay in Chicago from 1990-2006, Thomas won consecutive Most Valuable Player Awards in 1993-1994, joining Jimmie Foxx as the only other first baseman to do so. Albert Pujols would match the feat more than a decade later.

The 1997 batting champ finished with 521 homers and 1,704 runs batted to compliment his .301 lifetime batting average. Thomas was named on 81.7% of the writers’ ballots.

Former Houston Astro Craig Biggio fell just two votes short in his second year on the ballot.

Complete voting results can be found here.

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