Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

Wed Jan 8, 2014 4:53pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pitching team mates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in results announced on Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The three were chosen in their first year of eligibility after waiting the required five years after their retirement and were the first trio so honored in 15 years.

Right-hander Maddux, who won four consecutive Cy Young awards from 1992 and compiled a career mark of 355-227, was the leading vote-getter, elected by a landslide with 97.2 percent of the 571 ballots cast.

"Tremendous honor," Maddux, who came up with the Chicago Cubs and had a fastball that broke back over the inside corner to freeze left-handed hitters, told MLB TV. "What an incredible honor and to be able to share it with my team mate Glav, congrats to him. It's pretty special."

Left-hander Glavine, who won 305 games and was a 20-game winner five times, was named on 91.9 percent of the ballots.

He and Maddux were team mates on the Atlanta Braves from 1993-2002.

"You can't help but pick something up and learn from Greg by being around him," Glavine said.

"Greg really got me to start paying attention to what the hitters are telling you. How they take a pitch, how they foul a pitch off. You can learn a lot from that.   Continued...

Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux delivers in the first inning against the New York Mets in their MLB game at Shea Stadium in New York July 24, 2006. REUTERS/Jeff Zelevansky