Atlanta Braves Chipper Jones and Greg Maddux to vote on Hall of Fame

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 10: Former Atlanta Braves third baseman and Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves addresses the crowd before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at SunTrust Park on August 10, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 10: Former Atlanta Braves third baseman and Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves addresses the crowd before the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at SunTrust Park on August 10, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) /
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Atlanta Braves’ Hall of Famer Greg Maddux get to vote on new Hall of Fame candidates this year. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports /

Two Atlanta Braves Hall of Famers will serve on this year’s Contemporary Baseball Era Committee; McGriff and Murphy are among the eight players under consideration.

It was announced this morning that former Atlanta Braves Hall of Famers Greg Maddux and Chipper jones join Jack Morris, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Frank Thomas, and Alan Trammell representing the players on the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee.

Six current or former team executives also serve on this year’s committee; Paul Beeston (Toronto), Theo Epstein (Ted Sox and Cubs), Kim Ng (Marlins), Dave St. Peter (Twins), Ken Williams (White Sox), and Angels’ owner Arte Moreno.

Three media representatives round out the group; author and statistician for the Elias Sports Bureau, Steve Hirdt, sports columnist for the Star Tribune La Velle Neal III, and San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter and former president of the BBWAA Susan Slusser.

Eight players are under consideration this year:

The other suspects candidates

Bonds and Clemens are unrepentant cheats and don’t deserve entry; their greatest, longest-lasting talent is narcissism.

Albert Belle has a shot, but I think it’s a long one and he falls short.

Schilling belongs in the Hall of Fame. His political views mean absolutely nothing here. Fangraphs places him sixth in career fWAR. Only Kevin Brown and a PED-fortified pitcher rank higher and aren’t in the Hall.

Schilling is also one of the best postseason pitchers to toe the rubber.  Schilling gets in unless he calls the members and says he doesn’t want it.

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