The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class was announced on the MLB Network on Tuesday, the players that will be inducted on July 31, 2014 in Cooperstown—joining managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre–are Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas.
A Braves-heavy election class with Maddux (97.2%) and Glavine (91.9%) both receiving over 90% of the vote, along with long-time Altana Braves manager (and Blue Jays manager from 1982-1985), Bobby Cox. All spending 10 seasons together with the Braves from 1993 to 2002.
The lone batter in this year’s hall of fame class is 500 Home Run hitter, Chicago White Sox DH—and a one-time Blue Jay—“The Big Hurt” Frank Thomas receiving 83.7% of the vote.
A 19 season career Frank Thomas achieved totals of .301 avg, .419 OBP, .974 OPS, 521 HR, 1704 RBI.
A 5-time all-star. Back-to-back AL MVP (1993, 1994).
Thomas’ biggest moment as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays came when he joined an elite club by becoming the 21st player to hit his 500th home run, on June 28th, 2007 off Carlos Silva of the Minnesota Twins.
Relive that moment in video courtesy of MLB:
Unfortunately the time The Big Hurt spent in a Jays uniform ended abruptly when the Jays decided to release a disgruntled Frank Thomas 17 games into the 2008 season. In 171 games with the Jays, he hit .266 / .376 / .500, 29 home runs, and 106 RBI.
Thomas is also part of another special class as Jon Morosi points out:
Only eight players have 500 home runs with a career batting average over .300. Frank Thomas is one of them. @FOXSports1
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 8, 2014
The bigger news if you are a Blue Jays fan is not who did get in, but who didn’t get in. And that is 4-time world series champion, Jack Morris. The Detroit Tigers’ long-time ace did not meet the required 75% of the vote for the 15th and final time on the hall of fame ballot, receiving only 61.5% of the vote (a decrease from the 67.7% in 2013). Morris will now have a chance to meet the requirement as part of the veteran’s committee ballot in 2016.
Along with his 4 world series rings, in an 18 year career Jack Morris achieved a 254-186 record, 3.90 ERA, 1.296 WHIP. A 5-time all-star. Finishing top 5 in Cy Young voting in 5 different seasons.
Jack Morris spent 2 seasons with the Blue Jays (1992-1993), although not having the best numbers, was a key contributor to the Jays winning their 2 world series titles. Compiling a 28-18 record, 4.87 ERA, and 1.414 WHIP.
Also notable names, who once again did not come close in addition to seeing a decrease from the previous year include: Roger Clemens (35.4%), Barry Bonds (34.7%), Mark McGwire (11.0%), Sammy Sosa (7.2%), and Rafael Palmeiro (4.4%).