Maddux, Glavine headline ‘14 Hall of Fame ballot

In the wake of seeing both Tim Hudson and Brian McCann depart via free agency in a span of six days, Braves fans had something to celebrate Tuesday. The 2014 Hall of Fame ballots were announced and topping that list were the names Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.

The two former Braves and 300-game winners headline a list of 19 first-time candidates on the ballot. The 2014 class will be voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America over the next month and announced on January 8.

After no one was elected last summer when voters denied first-year eligible candidates Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa , the ballot is stocked this year and with plenty of candidates not clouded by suspicion of using performance-enhancing drugs.

The Hall of Fame induction weekend in July figures to be decidedly Braves-oriented when Maddux, Glavine and manager Bobby Cox could go into the Hall at the same time. Three weeks ago, Cox was named one of 12 candidates on the Expansion Era ballot to be voted on by the Veterans Committee. That decision will be announced Dec. 9 at the winter meetings.

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