Class of 2014 1/8/14
NEW YORK - A year ago there were no players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. We will find out today if anybody will get in this year when the results of balloting by the baseball writers are announced. It's a good bet that at least pitcher Greg Maddux will be elected with fellow Atlanta Braves star Tom Glavine (GLAV'-ihn) right behind. Also being mentioned this year are Frank Thomas of the White Sox and Houston's Craig Biggio (BEE'-zhee-oh).
The last time four players received the required 75 percent was in 1955, when Joe DiMaggio, Gabby Hartnett, Ted Lyons and Dazzy Vance all got in.
Just how dominant was Maddux? Speculation is he could break a 22-year-old record for support. When Tom Seaver received 425 of 430 votes in 1992, his 98.84 percentage topped the mark set by Ty Cobb in 1936. A dominant pitcher when offense ruled in the Steroids Era, Maddux has a chance to enter Cooperstown with a little extra bit of fame.
The Steroids Era has impacted the vote totals of players with stellar statistics. In initial appearances last year, Mike Piazza (pee-AHT'-zuh) was at 57.8 percent, Roger Clemens at 37.6, Barry Bonds at 36.2 and Sammy Sosa at 12.5. Mark McGwire received 16.9 on his seventh try.