Braves trio, Osborne’s Jones up for Hall
by Ronald Blum
Associated Press Sports Writer\
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Bobby Cox shakes Tom Glavine’s hand during the latter’s 2011 jersey retirement. In July, the two Braves greats could be shaking hands in Cooperstown as Hall of Famers.
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Bobby Cox shakes Tom Glavine’s hand during the latter’s 2011 jersey retirement. In July, the two Braves greats could be shaking hands in Cooperstown as Hall of Famers.
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NEW YORK — Four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, two-time winner Tom Glavine and two-time AL MVP Frank Thomas are among 19 newcomers on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

Mike Mussina, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, Jeff Kent, Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez also are among the players eligible to be voted on for the first time by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The 36-player ballot will include Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Richie Sexson, J.T. Snow and Mike Timlin, the Hall said Tuesday.

Todd Jones, an Osborne High School graduate, spent 16 seasons in the major leagues as a reliever and recorded 319 saves for eight teams.

Maddux spent 23 seasons in the majors, winning 355 games and striking out 3,371 with the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.

Glavine had a 22-year career with the Braves and New York Mets. A two-time Cy Young Award winner, he won 305 games and struck out 2,607 batters.

Voters are the approximately 600 writers who have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years at any point. Ballots are due by Dec. 31, and results will be announced Jan. 8.

Players elected along with choices announced Dec. 9 by the expansion era committee (1973 and later) will be inducted July 27 at Cooperstown. Among those on the committee ballot are retired managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre; late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner; and late players’ union head Marvin Miller.

Last year, the BBWAA failed for the first time since 1996 to produce any inductees. Craig Biggio came closest to receiving the necessary 75 percent, falling 39 shy with 388 (68.2 percent).

Jack Morris, who will be on the ballot for the final time this year, was second with 67.7 percent, followed by Jeff Bagwell (59.6), Mike Piazza (57.8), Tim Raines (52.2), Lee Smith (47.8) and Curt Schilling (38.8).

Making their first appearances on the ballot, Clemens was at 37.6 percent, Bonds at 36.2 and Sosa at 12.5. McGwire received 16.9 percent on his seventh try.

Players remain on the ballot if they receive at least 5 percent support and can stay in the voting for up to 15 years.

Other returnees include Don Mattingly, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Rafael Palmeiro, Alan Trammell and Larry Walker.

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