ATLANTA — In the end, there was very little question that Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were going to become first-ballot Hall of Famers. Both pitchers earned more than 90 percent of the vote from the baseball writers — 75 percent is needed for election — so it’s fairly clear there was very little doubt in the mind of the majority.
In fact, Greg Maddux, generally regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in history, was just 16 votes shy of earning every possible vote, earning him the eighth-highest percentage in history.
Looking at the numbers, the reasoning is obvious. Both pitchers were 300-game winners — there are only 24 of those guys in history — and combined for six Cy Youngs and the 1995 World Series title. They helped spearhead the "Team of the ’90s." They were part of one of the top three-headed pitching monsters in league history along with John Smoltz, who served a portion of his career as an effective closer and will be eligible for the Hall of Fame process next season.
So, what are the main takeaways from this historic occassion, one that the franchise may never replicate. Our Braves writers — Zach Dillard, Cory McCartney and Jay Clemons — discuss Wednesday’s events and more in the latest episode of the Chopcast: