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January 9, 2014

Hall of Fame 2014 inductee profiles

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---- — Tom Glavine

1987-2008, Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, LHP

Glavine was a 10-time All-Star with a career record of 304-203. Just 24 pitchers have 300 wins and only six of them are left-hander. He won National League Cy Young Awards in 1991 and 1998 and was the World Series MVP in 1995 for the Braves. He went 2-0 in that World Series, winning the deciding Game Six, 1-0, having pitched eight innings and giving up one hit. He also played in the World Series in 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1999. He won 20 games in a season five times in his career. His ERA was 3.54 and he had 2,607 strikeouts. He also won four Silver Slugger Awards.

Glavine was heavily involved with the Major League Baseball Players Association, serving as the Braves rep and later as the NL rep. He is currently a color commentator for the Braves. This is his first year on the ballot.

Greg Maddux1986-2008, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, RHP

Maddux won four straight Cy Young Awards from 1992 to 1996; only Randy Johnson has matched this accomplishment. He went 355-227 with 3.16 ERA and 3,371 strikeouts. He was an eight-time All-Star. He won 18 Gold Glove Awards. He was also on the Braves 1995 championship team. He also played for the Braves in the World Series in 1996 and 1999.

Known as a crafty pitcher, Maddux was frequently called “the Professor” by his teammates for his ability to win by outthinking hitters. He was also nicknamed “Maddog.”

He is currently a coach with the Texas Rangers and was the pitching coach in 2013 for USA Baseball.

This is his first year on the ballot.

Frank Thomas

1990-2008, Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s, Toronto Blue Jays, 1B, DH

Thomas was a five-time All-Star and two-time American League MVP. He also won four Silver Slugger Awards. He hit .301 with 2,468 hits, 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs. He also won the 1997 AL batting title. Thomas was on the White Sox in 2005, but did not play in the World Series because of an injury.

Despite playing in the steroid era, “the Big Hurt” has been known as an outspoken opponent of PED use.

Thomas is the CEO and founder of W2W Records, a music label in Las Vegas. This is his first year on the ballot.