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Hall of Fame Selections to be Announced Wednesday

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It’s a pretty star studded list of candidates this year as inductees will be announced Wednesday as the newest selections to baseball’s Hall of Fame.

Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are eligible for the first time.  So is slugger Frank Thomas, second baseman Jeff Kent and pitcher Mike Mussina.

They join holdovers Craig Biggio, catcher Mike Piazza and pitcher Jack Morris as players who could be tabbed for the Hall.

No player has ever been elected unanimously, And that won’t happen this year, either.

Ken Gurnick of mlb.com, who covered the Dodgers for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, said the only player he voted for was Morris.  That ended Maddux’ hoopes to become the first unanimous selection, although he still has a chance at the highest percentage total, held by Tom Seaver at 98.82.

No one was selected last year.  Biggio and Morris came the closest.  This is Morris’ last opportunity, in his 15th year of eligibility.

The last time two first year eligibiles were selected was in 2004 when Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken, Jr. were tabbed.

Maddux and Glavine are considered strong candidates, as well as Thomas, who was an outspoken critic of PED use during his career.

Writers can vote for up to ten candidates.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro, all of whom have been linked to PED use are also on the ballot.

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