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Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 2014 class. Maddux in particular received 97.2 percent of the vote, the eighth-highest total of all time. It makes you wonder exactly what the 16 Hall of Fame voters who left him off their ballots were thinking, particularly if they were the voter who cast a ballot for Armando Benitez or Jacque Jones. We're also hurting for poor Craig Biggio, who fell a mere two votes short of the required 75 percent for Hall induction. As always, the logic of some voters, while fun to talk about, is impenetrable -- which, according to him, is part of the reason ESPN's Dan Le Batard handed his vote to Deadspin.

Is there any justification you would accept from the 16 voters who left Greg Maddux off their 2014 Hall of Fame ballots?

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    17%
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    83%

Discuss (Total votes: 13,030)

  • How surprised were you at Greg Maddux (97.2 percent) not beating Tom Seaver's percentage record (98.84 percent)?

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      33%
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      35%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 12,402)

  • Should the Baseball Hall of Fame get rid of the rule that only allows for voters to vote for 10 candidates?

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      57%
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      43%

    Discuss (Total votes: 42,540)

  • In cases like Craig Biggio's (74.8 percent of the vote), should the Hall of Fame round up to the required 75 percent?

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      68%
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      32%

    Discuss (Total votes: 90,351)

  • Are you disappointed about Jack Morris falling off the ballot?

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      39%
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      61%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,909)

  • Would you vote for an admitted PED user for the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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      42%
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      58%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,835)

  • Will any player ever be elected unanimously to the Hall of Fame?

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      33%
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      67%

    Discuss (Total votes: 11,772)

  • What do you make of the number of players in the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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      20%
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      56%
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      24%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,882)

  • In general, what grade do you give Baseball Hall of Fame voters?

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      6%
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      33%
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      31%
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      16%
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      14%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,080)

  • Do Baseball Hall of Fame voters take their duties too seriously?

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      54%
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      46%

    Discuss (Total votes: 9,671)

  • Which is the best Hall of Fame in terms of electing the right players?

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      48%
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      28%
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      15%
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      9%

    Discuss (Total votes: 10,687)

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Forty years ago the game of baseball changed forever when Ron Blomberg stepped to the plate for the Yankees as the first designated hitter in MLB history. Since then the position has evolved, with many players making a career of being a DH. But who've been the best over the past four decades? We're giving you a chance to rank the greatest DHs in MLB history. Scroll over the images to get more information and click to set your rankings.

All stats are only when playing as a designated hitter and are through games of April 2, 2013 for active players.

Greatest designated hitters

Harold Baines

Harold Baines

1,652 games
.837 OPS
236 HR

Don Baylor

Don Baylor

1,284 games
.792 OPS
219 HR

Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco

846 games
.866 OPS
208 HR

Chili Davis

Chili Davis

1,160 games
.864 OPS
200 HR

Brian Downing

Brian Downing

823 games
.828 OPS
125 HR

Jason Giambi

Jason Giambi

517 games
.853 OPS
105 HR

Travis Hafner

Travis Hafner

972 games
.869 OPS
188 HR

Edgar Martinez

Edgar Martinez

1,403 games
.959 OPS
243 HR

Hal McRae

Hal McRae

1,426 games
.820 OPS
145 HR

Paul Molitor

Paul Molitor

1,171 games
.828 OPS
102 HR

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

1,493 games
.941 OPS
353 HR

Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney

607 games
.805 OPS
132 HR

Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas

1,310 games
.899 OPS
269 HR

Jim Thome

Jim Thome

817 games
.922 OPS
205 HR

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