"Listen, I don't think it's ever been done where a guy's been a first-ballot unanimous choice [for the Hall of Fame]," Maddon said. "And I can't even understand why he wouldn't be, based on his career, the number of championships that have been won. And to be able to handle that whole moment, as well as in that city, under the scrutiny that he has, I don't know where the negative is. So to have a vote to put somebody in the Hall of Fame and not to exercise that vote for him, I don't know how that happens."
Added Longoria: "It's been fun playing against him. I think, without a doubt, he's a first-ballot Hall of Famer and the most consistent and best player that I've ever been around and played against. So it's been fun."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.