“As surprised as I was last year about him not getting in,” Glavine said, “I almost feel heartbroken for him this year. It is just a matter for time.”
Added Thomas: “I don’t want to use the word tragic, but it has got to be a tragic day for him.”
Piazza, the former New York Mets catcher, also increased his vote percentage, from 57.8 percent in 2013 to 62.2 percent in 2014.
Glavine also played with the Mets, for five seasons from 2003 to 2007. While he was a Met, he won his 300th game on Aug. 5, 2007 against the Cubs in Chicago.
“I had a lot of fun in New York,” he said. “It was a great five years. Certainly it was tough for my family, to have me gone, but it was a great five years. I will always have fond memories for the Mets organization, because it is a good organization, but also because I got my 300th win for them.”
Pitcher Jack Morris, on his 15th and final ballot, went down significantly in voting percentage, from 67.7 percent in 2013 to 61.5 percent, or 351 votes, this year. Morris, who was the World Series MVP in 1991 and played on three other series winners, will now have his HOF fate decided by the Expansion Era Committee, which will vote again on candidates for the 2017 Induction.
“I know how much it meant to him,” said Thomas, who has worked with Morris on the MLB network. “We’re not going to lose hope now because hopefully the veterans committee will get him in.”
In addition to Smoltz, the top new candidates to be on the ballot for 2015 are Nomar Garciaparra, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Garry Sheffield.