Greg Maddux wasn’t elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying

Editor’s Note — Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux’s name appeared on this year’s ballot for baseball’s Hall of Fame, but he did not receive enough votes for election. After reviewing the results, Major League Baseball decided to expand the amount of ballplayers who will be eligible for induction. The number of candidates on the ballot will rise from 15 to 25 starting with the Class of 2020.

(CNN) — Long-time Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux is among four men to make it onto the ballot for this year’s baseball Hall of Fame.

Six-time All-Star Maddux, along with pitchers Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, were chosen to be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time by the writers’ ballot, which was announced Thursday.

Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux, (L) and Tom Glavine. Credit: Virginia Sherwood/NBAE via Getty Images

But Maddux’s name didn’t appear on the 50% of the ballots that were returned that came back with at least 75% voting. In fact, the 49 other players on the ballot also had no presence on the ballot this year.

Maddux spent 19 years with the Braves, striking out 4,828 batters in 355 career innings. His 71.5 career ERA is third-best among active pitchers. Maddux also led the National League with 355 career wins, posted 219 complete games and recorded over 150 strikeouts 10 times.

Glavine and Thomas finished their careers with the Chicago White Sox. Glavine is believed to be the last member of a “Big Three” left-handers to win a Cy Young Award, capturing the honor for the fourth time in 1996. He is the most-decorated pitcher to play for the White Sox, earning four All-Star nods and 10 Gold Gloves.

Thomas finished his career with a .301 average and is the fifth-leading career run-scorer. His 86 home runs are only four behind Mike Schmidt for sixth-most in MLB history. He also holds the record for most runs scored in a season with 138 in 1993.

Fan balloting to be taken into account next year

As was the case this year, MLB will use the vote from players’ peers (analysts, front office personnel, coaches and umpires) to determine who is chosen for induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Fan balloting begins July 31 and runs through January 5, 2020.

Next year’s enshrinement ceremony is scheduled for July 29.

Balloting from the players’ peers, which is not as public as balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America, allows baseball’s electorate a way to keep newer players like Alex Rodriguez (2004 and 2007) and Barry Bonds (2007) out. Those two players are among the sport’s all-time home run leaders and were suspended from baseball in 2007 for violations of the sport’s doping rules.

Bonds and Rodriguez returned for this year’s ballot but were not elected. Former Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was elected along with Maddux and Glavine, edging out future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson for the honor.

The 12 members who can be elected by the baseball writers are matched by voters who are not affiliated with MLB for the remaining spots.

The most recent players elected by the Hall of Fame were Jack Morris and Barry Bonds in 2012. Inductees have been announced each year since 1969.

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