Glavine, Thomas on Hall of Fame ballot
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[November 27, 2013]
NEW YORK (AP) — Four-time Cy Young
Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL
MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame
ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens,
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and
Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for
the first time by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray
Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie
Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the Hall said Tuesday.
Voters are the approximately 600 writers who have been members of
the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point. Ballots are due by
Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 8.
Players elected along with choices announced Dec. 9 by the expansion
era committee (1973 and later) will be inducted July 27 at
Cooperstown. Among those on the committee ballot are retired
managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre; late Yankees owner
George Steinbrenner; and late players' union head Marvin Miller.
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Last year, the BBWAA failed for the first time
since 1996 to produce any inductees. Craig Biggio came closest
to receiving the necessary 75 percent, falling 39 shy with 388
Jack Morris, who will be on the ballot for the final time this
year, was second with 67.7 percent, followed by Jeff Bagwell
(59.6), Mike Piazza (57.8), Tim Raines (52.2), Lee Smith (47.8)
and Curt Schilling (38.8).
Making their first appearances on the ballot, Clemens was at
37.6 percent, Bonds at 36.2 and Sosa at 12.5. McGwire received
16.9 percent on his seventh try.
Players remain on the ballot if they receive at least 5 percent
support and can stay in the voting for up to 15 years.
Other returnees include Don Mattingly, Edgar Martinez, Fred
McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.
Press; RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer]
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