The Cardinals will not be sending any inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Former Cards slugger Mark McGwire saw his voting total dip for the fifth consecutive year. McGwire hit 220 of his 583 career home runs in his five years with the Cardinals and later served as the team's hitting coach. His support for the Hall has waned, however, since admitting to steroid use. McGwire did receive enough votes to remain on the ballot for at least a ninth year.
One year after no one was voted in, the National Baseball Hall of Fame
announced the election of three players on Wednesday. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine
and Frank Thomas all got in on their first appearance on the ballot, marking
the first time since 1999 that three first-ballot nominees were selected.
Maddux was the leader with 555 votes, which represented 97.2 percent of the
vote. Glavine received 525 votes (91.9 percent) and Thomas 478 (83.7). Craig
Biggio missed the 75-percent cutoff by two votes, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and
Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history. Also falling
short was right-hander Jack Morris, who received 351 votes (61.5) in his final
year on the ballot and will be eligible for the Expansion Era Committee
consideration in the fall of 2016.