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If Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine Aren’t Elected to Hall of Fame, Something is Wrong

December 1st, 2013 at 6:51 PM
By Cody Fields

It's totally understandable that no one got in the Hall of Fame last year. It was the first year anyone from the steroid era was eligible, and the writers had their say that they weren't getting in. But if former Atlanta Braves Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine aren't elected this year on their first ballot, something is jacked up.

Seriously, both guys thrived on massive amounts of control and never showed any sign of bulking up PED style. They both put together stellar careers and simply put most other pitchers in their time to shame.

Maddux threw in the bigs for 23 years to the tune of 355 years and a 3.19 ERA, which was mostly inflated by his age 37 and older seasons. He also won 18 Gold Gloves, which is kind of a big deal.

Glavine's 22 years weren't quite as incredible as Maddux, but he still won 305 games with a 3.54 ERA, all while winning 20 games five times and being named the 1995 World Series MVP.

These guys anchored Atlanta's rotation (along with John Smoltz) in the 1990s, and they made many a better simply look foolish.

And they did it while staying clean.

So if they're not inducted into Cooperstown in July, the entire system has to be evaluated.

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Greg Maddux, Hall of Fame, John Smoltz, MLB, steroid, Tom Glavine

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