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Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine among first timers on 2014 Hall of Fame ballot

Mike Oz
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The 2014 Hall of Fame ballot was made public Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. On it, you'll find a number of baseball heroes from the 1990s. Most notably among the first-timers are pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine as well as slugger Frank Thomas.

After a year in which not a single player was allowed into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA voters, the 2014 ballot and the new players on it, virtually guarantees we'll see new inductees at Cooperstown. How many players will we see? Well, that depends on whether the BBWAA voting contingency backs down from its moral stance of years past and grants entry to tied-to-PED greats such as Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire.

Of the first-timers — there are 19 overall — Maddux, Glavine and Thomas have the best chance of carrying 75 percent of the vote needed for Hall of Fame induction. You could make a strong case for Mike Mussina and Jeff Kent too. Second-year HoF contenders Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza have a decent chance to make it, as do guys who have been through this process a number of times already — Jack Morris and Tim Raines.

Morris is in his 15th (and final) year of eligibility. He had 67.7 percent last year. Raines, in his seventh year, received 52.2 percent in 2013. Biggio got the most votes of any player in 2013, finishing on 68.2% of the ballots.

Given the recent Hall of Fame voting results, the process' unpredictability and the varying opinions of what makes a player Hall of Fame worthy, it's hard to consider too many players a "lock." If Maddux didn't make it as a first-balloter, however, it would be a surprise.

Here's the entire 2014 Hall of Fame ballot:

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FIRST-TIME ELIGIBLE
• Moises Alou
• Armando Benitez
• Sean Casey
• Ray Durham
• Eric Gagne
• Tom Glavine
• Luis Gonzalez
• Jacque Jones
• Todd Jones
• Jeff Kent
• Paul Lo Duca
• Greg Maddux
• Mike Mussina
• Hideo Nomo
• Kenny Rogers
• Richie Sexson
• J.T. Snow
• Frank Thomas
• Mike Timlin

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PREVIOUSLY ON THE BALLOT (plus their 2013 results)
• Jeff Bagwell, fourth year, 59.6%
• Barry Bonds, second year, 36.2%
• Craig Biggio, second year, 68.2%
• Roger Clemens, second year, 37.6%
• Edgar Martinez, fifth year, 35.9%
• Don Mattingly, 14th year, 13.2%
• Fred McGriff, fifth year, 20.7%
• Mark McGwire, eighth year, 16.9%
• Jack Morris, 15th year, 67.7%
• Rafael Palmeiro, fourth year, 8.8%
• Mike Piazza, second year, 57.8%
• Tim Raines, seventh year, 52.2%
• Curt Schilling, second year, 38.8%
• Lee Smith, 12th year, 47.8%
• Sammy Sosa, second year, 12.5%
• Alan Trammell, 13th year, 33.6%
• Larry Walker, fourth year, 21.6%

Ballots are due by Dec. 31. Results will be announced on Jan. 8. Members of the BBWWA for 10 consecutive years get a ballot. They can vote for as many as 10 players.

If you had a ballot, who would get your Hall of Fame vote?

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Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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