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January 8, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Baseball hall of fame announces three inductees, Edgar Martinez’s vote count drops

The Baseball hall of fame announced it’s 2014 induction class today. Three players were on 75 percent of the 571 ballots to earn induction.

Greg Maddux (97.2%), Tom Glavine (91.9% ) and Frank Thomas (83.7%) will be inducted. They will join Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre, who were selected by the veteran’s committee. All three players seemed destined to be inducted based on their career resumes. Though of course, they weren’t unanimous votes because some voters just won’t vote anyone in on the first ballot.

Craig Biggio barely missed joining them with (74.8%) of the vote. He’ll probably reach induction next season. Jack Morris, who was in his final year on the ballot, saw his percentage decrease. He was on 61.5 percent of the ballots.

As expected, Edgar Martinez’s percentage dropped this year. He was on just 25.2 percent of the ballots. His percentage has slipped from 35.9 percent last year and 36.5 percent the year before that.

With the addition of Maddux, Glavine, Thomas and others to this class, it seemed reasonable that Martinez’s numbers would go down. In the search for positives for the game’s greatest designated hitter, Thomas did play more games at DH (1,310) than he did at first base (969). Obviously, it’s different for Edgar, but it’s a glimmer of hope.

The totals …

Greg Maddux 555 (97.2%), Tom Glavine 525 (91.9), Frank Thomas 478 (83.7), Craig Biggio 427 (74.8), Mike Piazza 355 (62.2), Jack Morris 351 (61.5), Jeff Bagwell 310 (54.3), Tim Raines 263 (46.1), Roger Clemens 202 (35.4), Barry Bonds 198 (34.7), Lee Smith 171 (29.9), Curt Schilling 167 (29.2), Edgar Martinez 144 (25.2), Alan Trammell 119 (20.8), Mike Mussina 116 (20.3), Jeff Kent 87 (15.2), Fred McGriff 67 (11.7), Mark McGwire 63 (11.0), Larry Walker 58 (10.2), Don Mattingly 47 (8.2), Sammy Sosa 41 (7.2), Rafael Palmeiro 25 (4.4), Moises Alou 6 (1.1), Hideo Nomo 6 (1.1), Luis Gonzalez 5 (0.9), Eric Gagne  2 (0.4), J.T. Snow 2 (0.4), Armando Benitez 1 (0.2), Jacque Jones 1 (0.2), Kenny Rogers 1 (0.2), Sean Casey 0, Ray Durham 0,  Todd Jones 0, Paul Lo Duca 0, Richie Sexson 0, Mike Timlin 0.

The Mariners will likely get a hall of famer next year with Randy Johnson becoming eligible in the 2015 class.  Pitchers John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez will also be eligible for induction next year.

For those curious, Ken Griffey Jr. becomes eligible for the 2016 class.

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