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Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who pitched for the Atlanta Braves together, were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Chicago White Sox hitter Frank Thomas was also elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Maddux is widely considered one of the best pitchers of his generation, with a record of 355-227 in 23 seasons. ESPN notes that he has the eighth most wins in MLB history and earned a stunning four Cy Young awards in a row from 1992 to 1995. He also has a record 18 Gold Gloves and was elected to eight All-Star games. During his career, he played for the chicago Cubs, the Braves, the Los angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres.
Glavine was on the Braves with Maddux for several seasons and won two Cy Youngs himself. He is also a 10-time All-Star and has a career record of 305-203 in 22 seasons.
Thomas was an acclaimed hitter during his 19-year career and while he played during the steroid era, he was never linked. According to USA Today, he earned four MVP awards, hit 521 home runs with 1,704 runs batted in.
Last month, retired managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era Veterans Committee. They will be inducted with Glavine, Maddux and Thomas in a ceremony in Cooperstown in July.
It is important that three players were elected into the Hall of Fame this year, after the BBWAA elected no players last year. In 2012, only one player - Barry Larkin - was inducted.
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