Mad­dux, Glavine, Thomas earn HOF selec­tions

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NEW YORK ( AP) — Greg Mad­dux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to base­ball's Hall of Fame on Wed­nes­day, while Craig Big­gio fell two votes short and tainted stars of the Steroids Era re­mained far be­hind.

Mad­dux was picked on 555 of 571 bal­lots by se­nior mem­bers of the Base­ball Writ­ers' As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. His 97.2 per­cent­age was the eighth- high­est in the his­tory of vot­ing.

Glavine, Mad­dux's long­time team­mate in the At­lanta ro­ta­tion, ap­peared on 525 bal­lots and re­ceived 91.9 per­cent. Thomas, the first Hall of Famer who spent the ma­jor­ity of his ca­reer as a des­ig­nated hit­ter, was at 483.

The trio will be in­ducted in Coop­er­stown on July 27 along with man­agers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, elected last month by the ex­pan­sion- era com­mit­tee. Mad­dux and Glavine played un­der Cox for most of their ca­reers.

" It's ex­cit­ing for me to go in with my team­mate," Mad­dux said.

Writ­ers had not elected three play­ers in one vote since Nolan Ryan, Ge­orge Brett and Robin Yount in 1999.

Big­gio re­ceived 427 votes and 74.8 per­cent, match­ing Nel­lie Fox in 1985 and Pie Traynor in 1947 for the small­est mar­gin to just miss. Big­gio ap­peared on 388 bal­lots in his ini­tial ap­pear­ance last year and ap­pears to be on track to gain elec­tion next year.

Mike Pi­azza was next at 62.2, per­cent fol­lowed by Jack Morris, who was 78 votes short at 61.5 per­cent in his 15th and fi­nal ap­pear­ance on the writ­ers' bal­lot. Jeff Bag­well got 54.3 per­cent.

Con­tro­versy over how to eval­u­ate stars tainted by the Steroids Era con­tin­ued to im­pact the vote to­tals of play­ers with stel­lar sta­tis­tics. In their se­cond ap­pear­ances on the bal­lot, Roger Cle­mens dropped from 37.6 per­cent to 35.4, Barry Bonds from 36.2 to 34.7, and Sammy Sosa from 12.5 to 7.2.

Ap­pear­ing for the eighth time, Mark McGwire fell from 16.9 to 11.0. Rafael Palmeiro will be dropped from fu­ture bal­lots af­ter fall­ing to 25 votes and 4.4 per­cent — be­low the 5 per­cent thresh­old nec­es­sary to re­main el­i­gi­ble for next year's vote.

Dead­spin. com an­nounced Mi­ami Herald colum­nist Dan Le Batard had turned his bal­lot over to the web­site, which al­lowed read­ers to vote on how it should be cast.

" I hate all the mor­al­iz­ing we do in sports in gen­eral, but I es­pe­cially hate the hypocrisy in this," Le Batard said in re­marks posted by Dead­spin. "' I al­ways like a lit­tle an­ar­chy in­side the cathe­dral we've made of sports."

BBWAA tary- Trea­surer O'Con­nell comment.

Eighth on the wins list with a 355- 227 record and a 3.16 ERA over 23 sea­sons, Mad­dux won four con­sec­u­tive Cy Young Awards from 1992- 95 and a record 18 Gold Gloves with the Chicago Cubs, At­lanta, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers and San Diego. An eight- time All- Star, he won at least 13 games in 20 straight sea­sons.

Among pitch­ers with 3,000 in­nings whose ca­reers be­gan in 1921 or later — af­ter the Dead Ball Era — Mad­dux's 1.80 walks per nine in­nings is se­cond only to Robin Roberts' 1.73, Se­cre

Jack de­clined ac­cord­ing to STATS.

Glavine, a 10- time All- Star and a two- time Cy Young win­ner, was 305- 203 over 22 sea­sons.

A two- time AL MVP, Thomas hit .301 with 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs in 19 sea­sons with the Chicago White Sox, Toronto and Oak­land.

" This has been a stress­ful 48 hours," Thomas said in a state­ment. " This is some­thing that I will have to sit back in the next three or four days and fig­ure it out be­cause you can only dream so big."

Writ­ers who have been mem­bers of the BBWAA for 10 con­sec­u­tive years at any point were el­i­gi­ble to con­sider the 36- player bal­lot.

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