New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, and first baseman Frank Thomas are among 19 new candidates on the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.
Craig Biggio, the top vote-getter of the 2013 ballot, leads 17 players returning to the 2014 ballot. Biggio totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star. Last year, he tallied 388 votes (68.2 percent), 39 shy of the 427 required for election.
Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election. Other players named on more than half the ballots last year but failed to gain entry were pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines (52.2).
Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in any year. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris.
Maddux won four consecutive National League Cy Young Awards from 1992-95 and a record 18 Gold Glove Awards in a 23-year career.He compiled a 355-227 record with a 3.16 earned run average and 3,371 strikeouts, playing for the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres.
Glavine, a longtime teammate of Maddux in Atlanta, was a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner (1991 and '98) and 10-time All-Star. He posted a 305-203 record with a 3.54 ERA over 22 seasons with the Braves and New York Mets. The lefthander was a five-time 20-game winner and won four Silver Slugger Awards.
Thomas won consecutive American League MVP Awards with the Chicago White Sox in 1993 and '94, placing in the top three in the voting five times overall. He finished his 19-year career with 2,468 hits, including 521 home runs, 1,704 RBI and 1,494 runs scored.
Other notables on the ballot for the first time are closer Eric Gagne (2003 Cy Young winner), second baseman Jeff Kent (2000 NL MVP), pitcher Hideo Nomo (1995 Rookie of the Year winner and the owner of two no-hitters) and outfielders Moises Alou and Luis Gonzalez.
Joining them are right-hander Mike Mussina, left-hander Kenny Rogers, reliever Armando Benitez, first baseman J.T. Snow, relievers Todd Jones and Mike Timlin, first basemen Sean Casey and Richie Sexson, second baseman Ray Durham, catcher Paul Lo Duca and outfielder Jacque Jones.
Among others returning to the ballot are first basemen Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro; outfielders Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker; pitchers Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Lee Smith; shortstop Alan Trammell and third baseman-DH Edgar Martinez.
Last year's ballot failed to produce a winning candidate for the first time since 1996.
Results from the balloting will be announced January 8, 2014.