The National Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2014, one that includes 19 new candidates, according to its official website.
This year's ballot is highlighted by pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Maddux won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs and earned eight All-Star nods over the course of his impressive 23-year MLB career.
His former teammate Glavine was a 10-time All-Star and won two National League Cy Young Awards during his 22 professional seasons.
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The majority opinion is that Maddux and Glavine have the best shot on the ballot to earn the 75 percent required to be enshrined into the Hall of Fame. In addition to their aforementioned accomplishments, both won more than 300 games over the course of their major league careers, which places them in the top 25 of all time in that category.
Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com provided this quote from Glavine, who spoke on his chances of reaching the Hall of Fame:
I'm confident at some point in time it's going to happen. Whether it's on the first ballot, I don't know. We'll see. There are a lot of good players eligible. Would I love to have it happen on the first ballot? Sure. If it doesn't, I'd be disappointed. But we'll gear up for the following year and hopefully it will happen the following year.
Will a player be voted in this year?
Last year's ballot failed to turn in a winning candidate for the first time since 1996 as not a single player was able to win over at least three-fourths of the 600 voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are two players that many will have an eye on, as their association with performance-enhancing drugs has been a huge talking point regarding their potential enshrinement.
David Cameron of Fangraphs.com provides an interesting fact about players on this year's ballot:
There are nine players on this year's HOF ballot with a lower career WAR than Mike Trout. (h/t @mhejduk)— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) November 26, 2013
Voters have until Dec. 31 to mail in their ballot and results will be announced on Jan. 8.
As far as potential inductees who made a name for themselves at the plate, two-time American League MVP Frank Thomas (1993-94) and 2000 National League MVP Jeff Kent stand out as first-timers on the 2014 ballot.
With a pair of 300-plus-win pitchers on the ballot this year, it'll be interesting to see how the voters decide.
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