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Greg Maddux Snubbed on Writer's Hall of Fame Ballot

If there was ever a candidate to become the first unanimous inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame, it was the Mad Dog.

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2002, file photo, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Greg Maddux delivers to a Florida Marlins batter in the first inning of a baseballl game at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2002, file photo, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Greg Maddux delivers to a Florida Marlins batter in the first inning of a baseballl game at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File)
Fans of the Atlanta Braves and the game in general who wanted to see Braves legend Greg Maddux become the first player to be unanimously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame will not get their wish.

That's because Dodger's MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick has only voted for one candidate on his ballot for the Hall's Class of 2014, and that player is Jack Morris.

"As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won't vote for any of them," Gurnick wrote on his ballot.

Morris is best remembered for his outstanding performance in the 1991 World Series as a member of the Minnesota Twins against the home town Braves. His career highlights include three 20-win seasons, Cy Young votes in seven seasons, and MVP votes in five seasons.

Maddux, the anchor of the Braves' starting rotation along with fellow Hall of Fame Candidate Tom Glavine, has a career win-loss record of 355-227, with an ERA of 3.16 and 3,371 strikeouts. He also won four consecutive Cy Young Awards from 1992-1995.

The closest any player has gotten to unanimous induction into the Hall of Fame is Mets' pitcher Tom Seaver, who earned 425 votes out of 430 ballots, or a 98.84 percentage, in 1992. Nolan Ryan was named on 491 of 497 ballots in 1999, earning 98.79 percent of the vote.

If you had a Hall of Fame Ballot, who would you put into Cooperstown? Tell us in the comments!

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