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Bisons and Baseball

COOPERSTOWN — Enter Sandman into the Hall of Fame. Mariano Rivera closed Sunday's induction ceremony Sunday just like he did so many times in his career, with a flourish and complete attention to detail. Parts of Rivera's 25-minute address were made in Spanish in support of those on hand waving flags from his native Panama. It included two vignettes not widely known …

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COOPERSTOWN — Brandy Halladay knew the emotions would flow and the tears would come. As it turned out, they came even faster than she thought they would Sunday at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction of her late husband. As a video reviewing the career of Roy Halladay played on a giant screen near the stage outside the Clark Sports Center, his widow turned away and wiped…

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COOPERSTOWN – The symmetry we're going to see here Sunday afternoon is going to be perfect for Yankees fans making the pilgrimage from either end of the state. Mike Mussina will be the starter for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction. As for the closer of the six-man class, could it possibly be anyone else but Mariano Rivera? Mussina said here Saturday that during Fri…

Bisons and Baseball

There will be excellence and dignity on display all weekend in Cooperstown. But when the Baseball Hall of Fame stages its annual induction ceremony Sunday at the Clark Sports Center, there's certain to be a good deal of sadness as well. The absence of Roy Halladay will loom over the big day for this class of inductees. Halladay, a larger-than-life figure on the mo…

Bisons and Baseball

About an hour after word broke in Toronto that the Blue Jays are calling up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from the Bisons to make his big-league debut, the 20-year-old's Hall of Fame father offered his congratulations on Twitter. Vladimir Guerrero Sr. did it with a classic picture of his son, then 3, tipping his hat to Montreal Expos fans in 2002 at Olympic Stadium. Wrote Vl…

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Let's get one thing straight right off the top: Harold Baines doesn't matter. The fact that Baines is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame — clearly thanks to the prodding of his former owner (Jerry Reinsdorf) and former manager (Tony La Russa) on the Today's Game Committee — doesn't change the standards for election one bit in this view. Baines never got more than 6…

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When you covered the Cleveland Indians in the mid-'90s, you had to gird for every trip into the clubhouse. Albert Belle was a terror. Eddie Murray was sullen. You never knew what kind of mood Kenny Lofton would be in. Manny Ramirez was, well, Manny. Prickliness was in fashion all around the room. Jim Thome almost didn't fit in. He was about the nicest person you would e…

Bisons and Baseball

Voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame is a complicated enough process. You spend weeks collecting your thoughts, poring over stats (real and analytic), researching as many conflicting points of view as you can find and sometimes just staring at the ballot in your hand. Then you open your email one November day and Joe Morgan throws everything into a tizzy. Yep, that J…

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The Baseball Hall of Fame announced its 2018 ballot on Monday and the guess is that it's going to be arriving on my doorstep today. But when I opened my email this morning, the plot just got quite a bit thicker. Sitting in the inbox was a 1,074-word missive from Hall of Fame vice chairman Joe Morgan, the former great second baseman of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine and a …