Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, former Atlanta Braves teammates who combined for 660 wins and six Cy Young Awards, are among 19 players on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.
The newcomers announced today also include first baseman Frank Thomas, a two-time American League Most Valuable Player who hit 521 home runs, and former New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina.
The group joins 17 holdovers from the 2013 balloting that failed to produce a single Hall entrant for the first time since 1996. Those snubbed included Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, multitime Major League Baseball All-Stars who are linked to steroid use.
Nominees must be included on at least 75 percent of ballots by the more than 600 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America to be inducted into the Cooperstown, New York-based shrine. Results will be announced on Jan. 8. Those who receive at least 5 percent of votes remain on the ballot for as many as 15 years.
The rest of the newcomers are Jeff Kent, Hideo Nomo, Moises Alou, Luis Gonzalez, Eric Gagne, Kenny Rogers, Armando Benitez, J.T. Snow, Todd Jones, Mike Timlin, Sean Casey, Richie Sexson, Ray Durham, Paul Lo Duca and Jacque Jones.
Maddux, 47, won four consecutive Cy Young Awards as the National League’s best pitcher from 1992 to 1995 and a record 18 Gold Glove Awards over his 23-year career. He retired with 355 wins, 3,371 strikeouts and a 3.16 earned-run average pitcher for the Braves, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Glavine, a 10-time All-Star, won 305 games in a 22-year career with the Braves and New York Mets. The 47-year-old left-hander won the NL Cy Young in 1991 and 1998.
Thomas, 45, is one of 25 major-league players to hit more than 500 home runs. He won AL MVP awards in 1993 and 1994 with the Chicago White Sox.
Others remaining on the ballot are Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro, Larry Walker, Curt Schilling, Lee Smith, Alan Trammel, Edgar Martinez and Jack Morris. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris, who was included on 52.2 percent of ballots last year.
-- Editors: Larry Siddons, Michael Sillup