It was revealed on Tuesday that both former Cubs Greg Maddux and White Sox Frank Thomas are first time candidates on the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame ballot. The two former Chicago superstars join a list of 34 others trying to get into the 2014 MLB Hall of Fame class.
Some of their competition includes Tim Raines, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, Curt Schilling and Craig Biggio. Also, on the ballot is former White Sox 2B Ray Durham. This is Jack Morris’ last year of eligibility, and Craig Biggio was close last year, which saw no one enter the Hall.
Maddux has a great chance of entering the Hall of Fame in 2014. Never suspected of steroid or PED use helps, but what also helps is a 23-year career that included a sub .320 ERA, 355 career wins, and 18 Gold Gloves. In recent years, some columnists and bloggers have even used his performances as a new “stat“. A “Maddux” is when a starting pitcher throws a complete game in under 100 pitches. If ever there was a case for “first ballot Hall of Famer,” Maddux is it.
Thomas, on the other hand, may have to wait a few years, and we may be biased here, but we have a good feeling The Big Hurt will get in sooner rather than later. Another player who I believe was all natural, Thomas went from playing Football at Auburn to hitting Home Runs at Comiskey, while also showing patience and setting precedence for walks and OBP. Thomas racked up back-to-back AL MVP awards in ’93 and ’94 (strike-shortened), and also compiled over 500 career HRs. Frank is one of 6 players to hit 500 HRs and be walked 1600 times (Ott, Bonds, Mantle, Ruth, Williams).
Who do you think deserves to get in this year? Maddux? Thomas? Both? If not this year, do you think both get in eventually? Leave a comment with your thoughts!
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