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Raines’ road to Cooperstown passed through New Jersey

Tim Raines retired with 807 stolen bases, a .295 career batting average, 1,548 runs, 964 RBIs and 1,290 walks. He played for four teams over 21 seasons and left the game with a strong case for election to the Hall of Fame. If those numbers look a little off to you after two days of

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The Christmas Babe

On one of my trips to the Hall of Fame, I took the photo above of a Babe Ruth Christmas card. I was enamored with it; I found it personal and whimsical. You often see the Babe described as a big kid, and I think this captures it wonderfully. In looking for a better image of

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Predicting the 2017 Hall of Fame class

  The 2017 Hall of Fame ballot is out, featuring three players who, during the peak of their careers, we all probably expected would be easy picks for election: Vladimir Guerrero, Manny Ramirez and Ivan Rodriguez. But the whole steroids era and various voters’ biases have turned what once seemed like certain honorees into players

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Mike Piazza, Hall of Famer

  I wrote the other day about my lasting Ken Griffey Jr. memory, involving his iconic Upper Deck No. 1 rookie card. My Mike Piazza memories are much deeper and more centered around his performance in games, both those I attended and others I watched on TV. I graduated college on May 17, 1998 —

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From the Upper Deck to the Hall of Fame

On the eve of Ken Griffey Jr.’s election to the Hall of Fame — that’s right, I’m not even hedging — a friend on Facebook posted an image of this card and called it “arguably the most iconic baseball photograph taken in the past 25 years.” After I pointed out in jest that it would

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