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Nothing but praise from Dews for newest Hall of Famers

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Bobby Dews was right there in the middle of the Atlanta Braves' dynasty.

Dews spent 18 years with the team as a bullpen and third base coach during Atlanta' dominant run through the National League in the 1990s.

So he was less than surprised when the Baseball Writers of America Association announced former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine would make their way to Cooperstown.

The Braves legends were elected Wednesday, on their first time on the ballot.

Despite all their success on the mound, Dews says the reason they became Hall of Famers was how they handled failures.

"When they lost, they took the blame for it and immediately started preparation for the next game" Dews remembers. "They didn't sit around remorseful and worry about what happened. They started preparing for the next game."

There weren't many losses to take the blame for.

Maddux, a four-time Cy Young Award winner, received an overwhelming 97.2 percent of the vote. The righty won 355 career games and a record 18 Gold Gloves.

Glavine pitched 10 seasons in Atlanta with Maddux. The lefty won 305 games and won two Cy Youngs. He received 92 percent of the vote.

Joining the Braves' one-two punch will be the man who sent them to the mound, manager Bobby Cox.

The longtime Braves skipper was elected by the expansion-era committee last month alongside fellow managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre.

"No wonder we won so many games," laughs Dews. "We had a Hall of Fame manager, [John] Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux. That's a wonderful thing, not only for the Braves organization, but for everybody that loves baseball and all the Braves fans in this area. It's just amazing."

Maddux and Glavine dominated an era in which many dominant numbers have been marked with asterisks because of the use of performance enhancing drugs.

The Braves' duo were never associated with PED use, nor the doubt ever raised.

Dews says that makes this election all the more special.

"I think it means even more that maybe some guys were taking performance enhancing drugs, and we were still beating them and getting the best of them," he says. "We were always proud of that, that nothing ever came up in our organization about drugs, or steroids, or anything like that."

Maddux, Glavine, and Cox will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on July 27, 2014.

Joining the Braves' trio will be Torre, La Russa, and Columbus native Frank Thomas.

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