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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 2014 class. Maddux in particular received 97.2 percent of the vote, the eighth-highest total of all time. It makes you wonder exactly what the 16 Hall of Fame voters who left him off their ballots were thinking, particularly if they were the voter who cast a ballot for Armando Benitez or Jacque Jones. We're also hurting for poor Craig Biggio, who fell a mere two votes short of the required 75 percent for Hall induction. As always, the logic of some voters, while fun to talk about, is impenetrable -- which, according to him, is part of the reason ESPN's Dan Le Batard handed his vote to Deadspin.

Is there any justification you would accept from the 16 voters who left Greg Maddux off their 2014 Hall of Fame ballots?

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    17%
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    83%

Discuss (Total votes: 13,030)

  • How surprised were you at Greg Maddux (97.2 percent) not beating Tom Seaver's percentage record (98.84 percent)?

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      33%
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      35%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,402)

  • Should the Baseball Hall of Fame get rid of the rule that only allows for voters to vote for 10 candidates?

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      57%
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      43%

    Discuss (Total votes: 42,540)

  • In cases like Craig Biggio's (74.8 percent of the vote), should the Hall of Fame round up to the required 75 percent?

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      68%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 90,351)

  • Are you disappointed about Jack Morris falling off the ballot?

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      39%
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      61%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,909)

  • Would you vote for an admitted PED user for the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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      42%
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      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,835)

  • Will any player ever be elected unanimously to the Hall of Fame?

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      33%
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      67%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,772)

  • What do you make of the number of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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      20%
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      56%
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      24%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,882)

  • In general, what grade do you give Baseball Hall of Fame voters?

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      6%
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      33%
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      31%
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      16%
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      14%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,080)

  • Do Baseball Hall of Fame voters take their duties too seriously?

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      54%
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      46%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,671)

  • Which is the best Hall of Fame in terms of electing the right players?

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      48%
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      28%
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      15%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,687)

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Won't this year's Hall of Fame ceremony be grand? We can't wait to go and watch absolutely no one give a speech -- because the Baseball Writers' Association of America let no one in this time around. Only Craig Biggio and Jack Morris came close to the 75 percent threshold necessary to get one's face on a plaque in Cooperstown. Clearly, the issue of performance-enhancing drugs is tainting the process in some way; Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds would have been surefire first-time inductees had they not been connected to steroids. The spectacle of an empty induction year might force the Hall of Fame into making some sort of change.

Ballot: Which top vote-getters from this year's class will eventually make it in?

Vote: Will more worthy candidates create a Hall of Fame logjam?


A different process?

Some voters submitted blank ballots. Other voters picked single, strange candidates. Others didn't vote at all.

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What do you make of the Baseball Hall of Fame's selection process?

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    34%
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    66%

Discuss (Total votes: 56,879)


A minimum requirement?

We could theoretically see a year in which there were no deserving candidates, but several exceptional players were on this ballot.

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Should the Baseball Hall of Fame induct a player from the writers' ballot every year, even if the top vote-getter doesn't get 75 percent of the vote?

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    48%
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    52%

Discuss (Total votes: 46,288)


Destigmatize PEDs?

Mark McGwire was on 17 percent of ballots this year, but he won't be the last player connected to PEDs to be on the Hall of Fame list.

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Will a known PED user ever be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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    58%
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    42%

Discuss (Total votes: 176,762)


New definitions?

Voters have expressed some confusion over how to treat players with possible connections to PEDs, which may explain Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds' low numbers.

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Should the Baseball Hall of Fame give voters more defined instructions on how to treat players from the ''steroids era''?

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    65%
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    35%

Discuss (Total votes: 26,504)

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