DETROIT, MI (WTVB) - Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, and first baseman Frank Thomas are among 19 new candidates on the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, the top vote-getter of the 2013 ballot, leads 17 players returning to the 2014 ballot. Biggio totaled 3,060 hits and was a seven-time All-Star. Last year, he tallied 388 votes (68.2 percent), 39 shy of the 427 required for election. Players must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to earn election.
Other players named on more than half the ballots last year but failed to gain entry were former Detroit Tiger pitcher Jack Morris (67.7 percent), first baseman Jeff Bagwell (59.6), catcher Mike Piazza (57.8) and outfielder Tim Raines (52.2). Players may remain on the ballot for up to 15 years provided they receive five percent of the vote in any year. This is the 15th and final year of eligibility for Morris.