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Maddux, Glavine get call from Hall

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Longtime Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were both voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, easily surpassing the 75% threshold required for admittance into the Hall.

They will join their longtime manager, Bobby Cox, who was voted into the Hall in December by the Veterans Committee after a 29-year managing career.

Maddux, who came to the Braves before the 1993 season, received a voting percentage of 97.2%, the eighth highest of all time. Maddux posted a record of 355-227 with a 3.16 ERA over his career, and won a record four consecutive Cy Young awards from 1992 to 1995. He appeared in eight All-Star Games, won 18 Gold Gloves, and won 13 games in 20 consecutive seasons. With the Braves, he posted a 194-88, including a spectacular 1195 season in which he went 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA. Known for his pinpoint control, Maddux had a WHIP (walk and hits per innings pitched) under 1.1 in nine of his eleven Atlanta seasons and never allowed more than 52 walks in any of his eleven Atlanta seasons.

Glavine finished with a 305-203 record, becoming . He spent his first sixteen seasons with Atlanta, before leaving to pitch for the Mets from 2003-2007. He returned to Atlanta for a final season in 2008. Glavine was a 10-time All-Star and won two Cy Young awards, and helped lead the Braves' renaissance in their 1991 "worst-to-first" season and won a World Series MVP award during the Braves' 1995 World Series title season. Glavine was elected with 91.9 percent of the vote.

A third player, Frank Thomas, was also elected to the Hall. Thomas spent most of his career with the White Sox, coming up to the majors in 1990, and hit .301 with 521 home runs and 1,704 RBI over his career, winning the MVP award in 1993 and the strike-shortened 1994 season.

Other selections from the Veterans Committee, who will also be inducted into the Hall in August, are managers Tony LaRussa and Joe Torre. Torre also has Braves ties, playing for the club in Milwaukee and Atlanta from 1960-1968 and managing the club from 1982-1984.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Cooperstown, NY on July 26, 2014.


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