The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced and former Arizona Diamondbacks Curt Schilling and Luis Gonzalez were not lucky enough to make it to Cooperstown. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas are the newest members of the Hall of Fame, each in their first year of eligibility.
Schilling received 29.2% of the vote in his second year on the ballot behind such stars as Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Jack Morris. Gonzo finished with just .9% of the vote. A retired player spends 15 years on the ballot (assuming he stays above 5% of the vote) before eligibility runs out and is later considered by the Veterans’ Committee. Therefore, Gonzo will drop off the ballot for good starting next year. Schilling is a more interesting case. He received 38.8% of the vote last year making this year almost a 10% drop in votes. The next two seasons figure to be tough with former D’back Randy Johnson set to be eligible along with Ken Griffey, Jr., Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz among others. If and when Schlling gets inducted, it probably won’t be until 2018 or or later.
Congratulations to Maddux, Glavine and Thomas for joining baseball royalty.