Greg Maddux received 97.2 percent of the vote, the eighth highest total in the history of BBWAA balloting.
Maddux was a four-time Cy Young winner, eight-time All-Star and 18-time Gold Glove winner, who ranks in the top 10 all-time in wins and strikeouts.
His 11-year teammate, Tom Glavine, received 91.9 percent of the vote.
Glavine won 305 games, led the NL in wins five times, and was a 10-time All-Star who won two Cy Young Awards.
Frank Thomas received 83.7 percent of the vote. He hit 521 home runs (tied for 18th all-time) and had 2,468 hits in a 19-season career. He is the White Sox all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, extra-base hits, OPS and runs scored. He’s also one of only two American Leaguers to win back-to-back MVPs in the last half-century, along with Miguel Cabrera.
Thomas is one of five players in major league history to have had at least 500 home runs, 1,700 RBI and 1,500 walks, along with Barry Bonds, Ted Williams, Mel Ott, and Babe Ruth.
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Glavine and Maddux’s run as teammates was tied for the second-longest time together as teammates by members of the same Hall of Fame induction class. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the famous Cubs infield combination of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance were all inducted together in 1946. Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford were teammates for 15 seasons prior to being inducted together in 1974.
This was the final season of eligibility for BBWAA election for Jack Morris, who received 61.5 percent of the vote. Morris will be eligible for induction through future Veterans Committee elections.
Newcomers to next year’s ballot include three pitchers with high likelihood of election- Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.
Johnson won 303 games and struck out 4,875 in his 22-season career, the latter of which ranks second all-time. His five Cy Young Awards also rank second to Roger Clemens’ seven.
Martinez’s career is best known for a seven-season stretch from 1997 to 2003 that ranks among the best all-time. In it, he was 118-36 with a 2.20 ERA for the Expos and Red Sox. He went 219-100 in an 18-year career, winning a World Series with the 2004 Red Sox.
Smoltz excelled as both a starter and a reliever in a 21-year career, primarily as a teammate of Maddux and Glavine. He won 213 games and saved 154. Smoltz was also known as one of the game’s dominant postseason pitchers. He was 15-4 with a 2.67 ERA in 41 career postseason appearances (27 starts), including 7-0 with a 2.59 ERA in LDS play.