IBWAA Selects Four in 2014 Hall of Fame Vote

Los Angeles– In its 2014 Hall of Fame election the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) selected Greg Maddux with 98.23% of the vote, Tom Glavine with 88.50% of the vote, Frank Thomas with 84.07%, and Craig Biggio with 78.76%. A 75% threshold is required for election.

Jeff Bagwell finished in fifth place with 69.03%, after managing 52.24% in 2013. Barry Bonds finished sixth with 57.52%, and Roger Clemens seventh with 56.64%, an improvement from their standing of 50.75% each last year.

There are 175 members in the IBWAA, of which 113 voted in the 2014 Hall of Fame election. Maddux was named on 111 ballots. The abstaining votes, with their explanations, were cast by Mike Petriello and Jesse Disbrow.

Mike Piazza’s name does not appear on the ballot because the IBWAA elected him in 2013, while the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) took the collar, enshrining no one. Barry Larkin, though elected by the BBWAA in 2012, remains on the IBWAA ballot because he has not managed the 75% threshold required for election.

Complete 2014 voting results are as follows: 

Player Name Votes

Percentage

Greg Maddux

111

98.23%

Tom Glavine

100

88.50%

Frank Thomas

95

84.07%

Craig Biggio

89

78.76%

Jeff Bagwell

78

69.03%

Barry Bonds

65

57.52%

Roger Clemens

64

56.64%

Barry Larkin

57

50.44%

Tim Raines

56

49.56%

Curt Schilling

42

37.17%

Jack Morris

36

31.86%

Mike Mussina

36

31.86%

Edgar Martinez

33

29.20%

Jeff Kent

27

23.89%

Lee Smith

26

23.01%

Alan Trammell

25

22.12%

Mark McGwire

16

14.16%

Fred McGriff

13

11.50%

Larry Walker

13

11.50%

Sammy Sosa

8

7.08%

Rafael Palmeiro

6

5.31%

Don Mattingly

5

4.42%

Moises Alou

2

1.77%

Eric Gagne

1

0.88%

Luis Gonzalez

1

0.88%

Mike Timlin

1

0.88%

Armando Benitez

0

0.00%

Sean Casey

0

0.00%

Ray Durham

0

0.00%

Jacques Jones

0

0.00%

Todd Jones

0

0.00%

Paul Lo Duca

0

0.00%

Hideo Nomo

0

0.00%

Kenny Rogers

0

0.00%

Richie Sexson

0

0.00%

J.T. Snow

0

0.00%

The IBWAA was established July 4, 2009 to organize and promote the growing online baseball media, and to serve as a digital alternative to the BBWAA. Voting for full season awards takes place in September of each year, with selections being announced in November. The IBWAA also holds a Hall of Fame election in December of each year, with results being announced the following January.

In 2010, the IBWAA began voting in its own relief pitcher category, establishing the Rollie Fingers American League Relief Pitcher of the Year and the Hoyt Wilhelm National League Relief Pitcher of the Year Awards.

Among others, IBWAA members include Jim Bowden, Jim Caple, Mike Petriello, Mark A. Simon and David Schoenfield, ESPN.com; Kevin Baxter and Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times; Barry Bloom, Chris Haft, Jonathan Mayo and Jim Thomas, MLB.com; Thomas Bonk, Tim Brown, Yahoo! Sports, Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports Hardball Talk,  Ian Casselberry and Amanda Rykoff, Bloguin, Bill Chuck, GammonsDaily.com, Fred Claire, Vince Gennaro, Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, King Kaufman, Bleacher Report, Kevin Kennedy, Jonah Keri, Grantland, Vlae Kershner, SFGate.com, Chuck Culpepper and Will Leitch, Sports on Earth, Bruce Markusen, Hardball Times, Joe McDonnell, FoxSportsWest.com, Ross Newhan, Dayn Perry and Matt Snyder, CBSSports.com, Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News, Wendy Thurm, FanGraphs, Eric Stephen, True Blue LA; Vincent Bonsignore, Clay Fowler, Tom Hoffarth, J.P. Hoornstra and Jill Painter, Los Angeles Daily News; Pedro Moura, Orange County Register, and prominent baseball authors Paul Dickson, Phil Dixon, Peter Golenbock, Josh Pahigian, Joe Posnanski, John Rosengren and Dan Schlossberg.

Association membership is open to any and all Internet baseball writers, with a yearly fee of $10, or $20 lifetime. Discounts for groups and scholarships are available.