Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine talked with Todd Hollandsworth and Jim Memolo on the SiriusXM MLB Radio Network show "First Pitch." Below is some of what he had to say about the most recent Hall of Fame vote, as well as his chances at getting elected on the first ballot next year. Here is a link to some of the audio.
Glavine: "Out of all those guys I think [Craig] Biggio should have got in. Look, 3000 hits speaks for itself and I think that stands on itself and that should have been enough for Craig to get in. ... He played the game hard, played every position he was asked to play, represented Houston as well as any athlete that has ever played in Houston, represented the game of baseball extremely well in terms of how he went about his business on a daily basis. To me, all those things are what you are looking for in a year when you had guys that maybe you think did not represent that. To me, he was the perfect guy that did."
Host/Jim Memolo: "I think most people believe that Craig Biggio is probably on his way to getting into the Hall of Fame. And there's that ‘first ballot' thing going on. And there'd be the assumption that he'd probably make it next year but there are three guys that most people think are going to make it next year who might be ahead of him and you are one of them. How's that feel?"
Glavine: "Yeah, well, it feels good but, look, if they can keep a guy with 3000 hits out of the Hall of Fame for a year just because they want to there's no saying that they can't with me or Frank Thomas. I think Greg [Maddux] is pretty much a lock, I don't think there's any question about that. But you don't ever know. This whole notion that, well, we're going to keep a guy out for a year and then he'll get in eventually, that's one thing I have a little bit of a problem with. I know there's been a lot of talk this last week or so about the voting procedures and whether or not it needs to be changed and how it could be changed and all that stuff, and people having problems with writers who didn't vote for anybody. I get all that stuff but at the end of the day I don't understand this notion that, maybe we shouldn't let this guy in on the first ballot, and maybe make him wait a little. What are you making him wait for? Either he has Hall of Fame stats or he doesn't. So that's why I think I look at my situation next year and whenever anybody says anything to me my standard answer is, ‘Well, I hope so.' I don't know that there are any guarantees in this day and age. You don't know what writer doesn't like you. You don't know what writer is trying to make another statement, so who knows? I feel good about my career. I feel good about where it ended. I feel good about my chances somewhere down the line. I just, I'm not banking everything on it being a first ballot kind of thing because stranger things have happened."
If Glavine doesn't make it in next year, there will be some serious conversations about the validity of the process.