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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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Baseball writers on Wednesday voted three former players into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Writers elected to send former pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine along with first baseman and designated hitter Frank Thomas to Cooperstown. It was the first year of eligibility for all three players.

Maddux compiled 355 during a career primarily with the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves. Glavine, a teammate of Maddux during the Braves' post-season perennials of the 1990s, won 305 games during a career that included a stint with the New York Mets.

"On behalf of everyone at the Mets, we congratulate Tom Glavine on his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. "We are proud that Tom won his 300th game as a Met and were fortunate to have him on our club. His excellence as a player is equaled by his excellence as a person."

Maddux "is one of the greatest pitchers of all time and a tremendous competitor who earned the nickname 'Mad Dog' whenever he took the mound," Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "Greg's near-unanimous selection to Baseball's Hall of Fame is the ultimate salute to an extraordinary career."

During his 19-year-long career, played primarily with the Chicago White Sox, Thomas hit 521 home runs and notched a .301 batting average.

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