Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz were the top three pitchers for the Braves team that won the 1995 World Series. They also lost the World Series in 1996 and 1999.
Maddux said that he has been to Cooperstown several times, including 2009 when his son, Chase, played with a team at the Cooperstown Dreams Park.
“What a great little town,” he said.
Maddux and Glavine, who got 91.9 percent of the vote, are the first pair of same-year inductees to get percentages in the 90s since 2007 with Ripken (98.5) and Tony Gwynn (97.6). They are the first pair of pitchers and pair of teammates to be elected together since Ferguson Jenkins and Gaylord Perry in 1991. But Jenkins and Perry only played on the same team for parts of two seasons, both with the Texas Rangers, in 1975 and 1980. Maddux and Glavine, or to some, Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz, are spoken almost as one word by many Braves fans.
“The thing that would have disappointed me the most, had it not happened,” Glavine said, “would have been missing the opportunity to go in with Bobby and Greg.”
Thomas, a slugger who got 83.7 percent of the vote in part because of his 521 home runs, will be the first player inducted to have played the majority of his games as a designated hitter. In his 2,322 career games, he played 1,310 as a DH, or 54 percent. Paul Molitor, who was elected in 2004, played 44 percent of his games as a DH.
“I look at that and I think some people tried to make that an issue,” Thomas said, “but I was the every day first baseman for the Chicago White Sox for a very long time.
“I would like to put together a highlight tape of my greatest defensive plays (for the critics),” he added.
In an era tainted by performance enhancing drugs, Thomas has often been lauded as a “clean” player, something he said he took great pride in.