Bob Smizik: Three elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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There were no surprises, but a lot of disappointment with the announcement this afternoon of the Baseball Hall of Fame voting.

As was pretty much expected, pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and designated hitter/first baseman Frank Thomas was elected for enshrinement by receiving more than 75 percent of the vote of the senior members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Maddux was named on 555 of 571 ballots, which was 97.2 percent of the vote. He fell short of Tom Seaver’s all-time best percentage.

The vote was a crushing disappointment for Jack Morris and only less so for Craig Biggio. Morris was on the ballot for the 15th and final time and there was a strong campaign to have him elected. He received 61.5 percent of the vote. He will be eligible for consideration by the Veteran’s Committee in 2016.

Biggio missed by the narrowest of margins, receiving 74.8 percent of the vote. He was one vote short. There is no guarantee Biggio will get in next year when the ballot again will be crowded with exceptional first-year players. Included in that list are Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson.

Players attached to the steroids era, as expected, were rejected. One, in fact, Rafael Palmeiro failed to gain the necessary five percent of the vote to stay on the ballot. Palmeiro is only one of four players to have 3,000 hits and 500 home runs.

The vote:

Name - Votes (Pct.) - Yrs on ballot

Greg Maddux - 555 (97.2%) - 1

Tom Glavine - 525 (91.9) - 1

Frank Thomas - 478 (83.7) - 1

Craig Biggio - 427 (74.8) - 2

Mike Piazza - 355 (62.2) - 2

Jack Morris - 351 (61.5) - 15

Jeff Bagwell - 310 (54.3) - 4

Tim Raines - 263 (46.1) - 7

Roger Clemens - 202 (35.4) - 2

Barry Bonds - 198 (34.7) - 2

Lee Smith - 171 (29.9) - 12

Curt Schilling - 167 (29.2) - 2

Edgar Martinez - 144 (25.2) - 5

Alan Trammell - 119 (20.8) - 13

Mike Mussina - 116 (20.3) - 1

Jeff Kent - 87 (15.2) - 1

Fred McGriff - 67 (11.7) - 8

Mark McGwire - 63 (11.0) - 8

Larry Walker - 58 (10.2) - 4

Don Mattingly - 47 (8.2) - 14

Sammy Sosa - 41 (7.2) - 2

Rafael Palmeiro - 25 (4.4) - 4


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