Today Cooperstown announced the Class of 2014 for the baseball Hall of Fame. The three winners this year are Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, and Frank Thomas.
All three have won multiple awards during their careers. Both Glavine and Maddux were team members with the Atlanta Braves and helped the Braves to win the World Series in 1995.
Let’s take a look at the three inductees:
Tom Glavine played for both the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. Most of his career was with the Braves, divided into two stints: 1987-2002, and then in his last season in 2008. He played for the Mets from 2003-2007.
During he career, Glavine had a record of 305-203 with an E.R.A. of 3.54 and 2,607 stirkeouts. He won one World Series ring, in 1995 with the Braves. Glavine was named to 10 All-Star games (1991-1993, 1996-1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006.) He won four Silver Slugger awards (1991, 1995, 1996, 1998) and two Cy Young awards (1991 and 1998.)
With the World Series ring in 1995, Glavine also picked up the World Series M.V.P. award, plus the Babe Ruth award. He won both World Series games pitched in, games 2 and 6. Game 6 was the deciding game of the Series.
Glavine led the N.L. in wins on five occasions (1991-93, 1998, 2000) and was the 23rd pitcher to win 300 games.
Greg Maddux pitched 22 seasons for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. In his career he achieved a record of 355-227, with an E.R.A. of 3.16 and 3,371 strikeouts.
Maddux is an eight time All Star (1988, 1992, 1994-1998, 2000) and won the World Series with the Braves in 1995. He won the Gold Glove 18 times (1990-2002, and 2004-2008.)
Glavine won the Cy Young four times from 1992-1995, and was the N.L. Wins Champion in 1992, 1994, and 1995. Plus he had the best E.R.A. in the N.L. four times (1993-1995, and 1998.) Glavine won the most games in the 1990s and is only one of 10 pitchers to win 300 games and have 3,000 strikeouts.
Glavine is the only pitcher in M.L.B. history to win at least 15 games for 17 consecutive seasons. He is also the only pitcher to ever win 18 Gold Gloves. He is the first pitcher, and now only one of two pitchers, to win four consecutive Gold Gloves (the other pitcher is Randy Johnson.)
Frank Thomas played 18 seasons with three teams: The Chicago White Sox (1990-2005), Oakland Athletes (2006, 2008), and the Toronto Blue Jays (2007-2008.) He was primarily a designated hitter (D.H.), but he started his career as a first baseman.
In his career, Thomas has a batting average of .301 with 2,468 hits, 521 homeruns, and 1,704 R.B.I. He was the winner of the 1995 Home Run Derby. Thomas appeared in the All Star games five times from 1993-1997. He won four Silver Slugger awards (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000) and two A.L. M.V.P. awards (1993, 1994.) He also won the 1997 A.L. Batting Title.
Thomas is the only player in M.L.B. history to have seven consecutive seasons with a batting average of .300 and have 100 walks, 100 runs, 100 R.B.I., and 20 homeruns.
Thomas became the 21st player to hist at least 500 homeruns with a homerun on June 28th, 2007. He is also one of only six players to ever hit 500 career homeruns while walking over 1,600 times. The other players are Barry Bonds, Mel Ott, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams.
He is also the third player, following Eddie Murray and Hank Aaron, to hit 500 homeruns and have 120 sacrifice flies.