Major League Baseball inducted six new members into its Hall of Fame class of 2014 on Sunday. Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux, and Tom Glavine were among the players inducted into this legendary class. Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony La Russa represented this year's class of managers that were inducted.
Thomas was the first player elected to the Hall of Fame who spent a majority of his career as a designated hitter. Thomas batted a career .301 with 521 home runs and 1,704 RBIs in 19 seasons, most of which he spent with the Chicago White Sox. He is the only player in major league history to have seven consecutive seasons with a .300 average, 20 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 100 walks.
Maddux accumulated 355 wins and an ERA of 3.16 in his 23-year career. He ranks eighth on the career wins list, and was a member of the Braves, Cubs, Padres, and Dodgers. Maddux won four straight Cy Young Awards and won 15 or more games for 17 straight seasons.
Glavine was on the mound when the Braves won Game 6 to win the 1995 World Series, pitching a one-hitter over eight innings in a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
It was quite the reunion for the city of Atlanta, as Cox who was also inducted, spent his coaching career with Glavine and Maddux. During this trio's time, they put together a historic run that resulted in 14 straight division titles, they made the playoffs a total of 15 times, and won the city's only major professional sports championship.
Along with Cox, La Russ was also a legendary manager. He ranks third in career victories as a manager with 2,728 behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw. La Russa was awarded manager of the year four times, won 12 division crowns, six pennants, and three World Series titles in his time with the White Sox, Oakland A's, and St. Louis Cardinals.
Torre gave the closing speech to the 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony. Torre managed under owner George Steinbrenner in the city of New York, with the Yankees. After taking over in 1996, Torre accumulated 10 division titles, six American League pennants, and four World Series titles in 12 years as he helped restore baseball's most successful franchise and helped his own career after being fired three times. Torre was also the only man to collect more than 2,000 hits and win more than 2,000 games as a manager.
This Major League Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014 could possibly be one of the most legendary and storied classes for the next few years, especially with what has gone off with the steroid era, and how the voting has changed because of it.
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