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Hall of Merit
— A Look at Baseball's All-Time Best
Monday, December 16, 2013
2014 Results: Maddux, Thomas and Glavine elected to the Hall of Merit!
Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Tom Glavine have been elected to the Hall of Merit!
Maddux was nearly unanimous, receiving 32 of 34 first place votes. Frank Thomas, who finished second received the other two and was the only other player named on every ballot. Thomas received 18 second place votes and was no lower than sixth on any ballot.
Glavine, who was named on 33-of-34 ballots, edged Curt Schilling for the final spot, 610-589. Mike Mussina was a strong fifth with 543 points. Sammy Sosa was far behind with 348 points in 6th place. If precedent holds, Schilling, Mussina and Sosa will all be elected to the Hall of Merit as soon as the flood of no-brainer candidates slows.
Kenny Lofton improved from 15th place in 2013 to 7th this year. He tops the long-term backlog (those who won’t easily be elected once there is a spot) with 200 points. Lofton is closer to Kirby Puckett, who finished 28th with 54 points, than he is to Sosa - so there’s a clear line for where the long-term backlog begins.
Jeff Kent finished 8th with 190 points in his first year of eligibility. Luis Tiant and Bobby Bonds each improved 3 places to round out the top ten, with 157 and 154 points, respectively.
The players from the 70s and 80s tended to improve on this ballot - the players from the 50s and earlier lost ground. Buddy Bell (139) improved from 17th to 11th and Sal Bando (102) moved from 23rd to 17th. But Phil Rizzuto (132), Ben Taylor (130) and Vic Willis (128) fell to 12-14, from 7-9. Gavy Cravath (107) fell from 11th to 16th and Hugh Duffy (112) lost a spot also, falling from 14th to 15th.
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