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Cooperstown Could See Small Crowds For Baseball HOF Induction Sans Living Legends
Published January 10, 2013
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DIFFERENT REACTIONS FROM SELIG, WEINER: Yesterday's announcement immediately sparked a sizable division in reactions from MLB and the MLBPA, otherwise enjoying historic levels of cooperation. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, speaking at owners meetings in Arizona, said he saw no issue with the inductee-less vote and said it validated the BBWAA's existing mission to elect the best candidates as opposed to meeting some sort of pre-determined induction quota. "The idea that this (result) somehow diminishes the Hall of Fame or baseball is ridiculous," Selig said, predicting a sizable induction class next year when Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas become eligible. "The goal isn't to ensure somebody gets in every year but to make sure they're deserving." But MLBPA Exec Dir Michael Weiner said the lack of an inductee, given the presence of historic figures as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens was "unfortunate, if not sad." Weiner: "To ignore the historic accomplishments of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens … is hard to justify. Moreover, to penalize players exonerated in legal proceedings -- and others never even been implicated -- is simply unfair." Either way, the lack of a living inductee is likely to be a blow to a museum that already has seen attendance ebb over the last several years. Idelson acknowledged the lack of a '13 BBWAA inductee will have an "adverse effect" on induction weekend crowds (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).