A year after the Baseball Writers' Association of American failed to elect a single player into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, three baseball legends were awarded the unrivaled honor on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were all selected in their first year of eligibility.
NBC News confirmed the selections:
Meanwhile, former Houston Astros star Craig Biggio, who recorded over 3,000 hits during his MLB career, came painfully close, receiving 74.8 percent of the 75 percent of votes required.
Following the announcement on Wednesday afternoon, writers, analysts and fans took to Twitter to express themselves.
Sports columnist and voter Rob Parker didn't waste any time proudly announcing his ballot:
As ESPN Stats & Info points out, Maddux's 97.2 percent of votes received is among the highest marks in history:
The Association's top choice even earned a shoutout from Nevada senator Harry Reid:
Maddux, who won four National League Cy Young Awards from 1992 through 1995, finished his prolific career with 355 wins, enough to rank eighth on the all-time list.
Paul Pabst, producer on The Dan Patrick Show, offered a fair punishment suggestion for the handful of voters who left Maddux off their ballots:
A former teammate of Maddux's with the Atlanta Braves, Glavine won 305 games over the course of his career and earned 10 All-Star nods to go along with two National League Cy Young Awards.
Here's a look at Glavine as he learned he had been selected, per WXIA-TV in Atlanta:
ESPN's Jeff Goodman was among the many who took to social media to congratulate the former World Series MVP:
Thomas was a two-time American League MVP in the early 1990s and finished with a career batting average of .301.
Matt Callaway, Texas A&M's assistant director of media relations, expressed the heartbreak that many felt after learning just how close Biggio came to being elected:
Jeff Bagwell, who also did not make the cut, talked about Biggio's miss (via Mark Berman of Fox 26):
Pete Rose also endorsed Biggio, adding that Mike Piazza deserved a spot as well:
Unsurprisingly, many, including ESPN's Bill Simmons and CBS Sports' Will Brinson, were critical of the process:
While the three inductees were celebrated for their brilliant careers, those buried beneath the cloud of performance-enhancing drugs were overlooked. Although only time will tell if players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens make their way into the Hall, this year's voting results were anything but encouraging for them or any other candidate linked to PEDs, per NBC Sports:
There were also a few odd votes out there, as pointed out by Fox Sports' Jimmy Traina:
Maddux, Glavine and Thomas will join Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa at July's induction ceremony in Cooperstown. The three legendary managers were selected to the Hall on Dec. 9 by the Expansion Era Committee.
The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for the weekend of July 26-27.
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