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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, includes former Orioles pitchers Mike Mussina, Armando Benitez and Mike Timlin among the 19 first-time candidates. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas headline the group of players who appear on the ballot for the first time, joining the 17 returning candidates from last year's class -- one that didn't produce any qualifying candidates for the first time since 1996.
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
While the National Baseball Hall of Fame was announcing Wednesday that three players in their first year of eligibility - pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas - had been elected by the writers' association in the same year for the first time in 15 years, Rafael Palmeiro was in his Texas home putting away Christmas decorations. The former Orioles slugger didn't realize the announcement had been made until he noticed several missed phone calls. He turned on the TV and learned he had received only 25 votes - half of what he garnered last year - for a total of 4.4 percent, which dropped him from the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot in his fourth year of eligibility.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
As you dive into turkey, stuffing and football on Thanksgiving, I thought we'd look at a baseball issue that may be close to Orioles fans' hearts, but may not get much buzz nationally. The rules for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's Hall of Fame ballot specify that a voter can select no more than 10 players per year. That's going to be particularly difficult for 2014, because the controversy surrounding several former players who used - or are suspected of using - performance-enhancing drugs has created a logjam on the ballot.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The national buzz surrounding Wednesday's 2 p.m. Hall of Fame announcement centers on whether the Baseball Writers' Association of America will elect someone - or several players - this year after swinging and missing in 2013. The best sense is yes, considering the influx of impressive first-year candidates, such as pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas, as well as solid holdovers Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Jack Morris, among others. For Orioles fans, though, the intrigue surrounds two players who almost assuredly won't be named on the required 75 percent of submitted ballots: starting pitcher Mike Mussina and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.
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By John Steadman | December 18, 1991
Between Vada Pinson and Bill Russell on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot is enough white space to insert the name Pete Rose. It's a protest vote. And it won't count. Regrettable.Still, Rose received this reporter's write-in nomination, not out of defiance for the authority of the commissioner but as a measure of civil and legal fairness. The ballot was subsequently submitted to the office of the Baseball Writers' Association for processing.Other reporters may do the same or follow the lead of Mike Littwin, of The Sun, who told the organization he's not interested in being a part of any system that arbitrarily denies him the chance to render his own decision on Rose.
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By Phil Jackman | December 14, 1993
Reading Time: Two Minutes.Here's a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot to kick around: Ken Boyer, Orlando Cepeda, Steve Garvey, Tony Perez, Vada Pinson, Rusty Staub, Steve Carlton, Jim Kaat, Phil Niekro and Don Sutton.Missing in one of the toughest calls in years (only 10 can be included on ballot) are: Dick Allen, Don Baylor, George Foster, Graig Nettles, Tony Oliva, Ron Santo, Ted Simmons, Joe Torre, Vida Blue, Ron Guidry, Mickey Lolich, Bruce Sutter and Luis Tiant, all guys with imposing numbers.
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January 12, 1991
Pete Rose Jr. says a recommendation by a special committee that could keep his father, Pete Rose, off the Hall of Fame ballot may mean double punishment."
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By Los Angeles Daily News | April 19, 1993
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Eddie Delahoussaye has been elected to thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame.Delahoussaye, 41, is one of 14 jockeys to win 5,000 races, seven to ride earners of more than $100 million, and four to win back-to-back Kentucky Derbys.Delahoussaye, who has been on the Hall of Fame ballot the last few years, was elected by a panel of 100 turf writers, who chose him from among five jockeys, including Steve Cauthen.Tom J. Kelly, who developed 63 stakes-winning horses in the East, was elected this year's Hall of Fame trainer.
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January 5, 2011
Alomar, Blyleven, Palmeiro Dan Connolly Baltimore Sun To me, there are three slam-dunk candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot: second baseman Roberto Alomar, pitcher Bert Blyleven and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. Alomar, a 12-time All-Star who should have been elected in his first year of eligibility in 2010, and Blyleven, who is fifth all-time in strikeouts and ninth in shutouts but hasn't been able to break the 75 percent plateau in his first 13 tries, will get in this year.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | November 28, 2006
Inevitably, at every news conference during his farewell ballpark tour in 2001, Cal Ripken was asked about his thoughts on one day being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Each time, Ripken, the Orioles' legend, responded the same way: He didn't want to reflect on his accomplishments while his career was ongoing. He said he'd put all thoughts about a potential Hall of Fame induction on hold until he was on the ballot and voters had decided whether he was worthy of being enshrined with the sport's greats.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
The 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which was released Tuesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, includes former Orioles pitchers Mike Mussina, Armando Benitez and Mike Timlin among the 19 first-time candidates. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas headline the group of players who appear on the ballot for the first time, joining the 17 returning candidates from last year's class -- one that didn't produce any qualifying candidates for the first time since 1996.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
The Baseball Writers' Association of America released its Hall of Fame ballot today, and now the next six weeks will be filled with debate on whether some of the biggest names -- and most controversial characters -- will get into Cooperstown's hallowed halls. Players on the ballot for the first time include a few stars that were embroiled in the sport's steroid controversy: namely Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and former Orioles outfielder Sammy Sosa. Mike Piazza, Craig Biggio and Curt Schilling also are first-timers, joining popular holdovers such as Jeff Bagwell, Jack Morris and Tim Raines on the ballot.
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January 5, 2011
Alomar, Blyleven, Palmeiro Dan Connolly Baltimore Sun To me, there are three slam-dunk candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot: second baseman Roberto Alomar, pitcher Bert Blyleven and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro. Alomar, a 12-time All-Star who should have been elected in his first year of eligibility in 2010, and Blyleven, who is fifth all-time in strikeouts and ninth in shutouts but hasn't been able to break the 75 percent plateau in his first 13 tries, will get in this year.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2010
Rafael Palmeiro, whose Orioles and baseball career ended in 2005, months after he tested positive for a banned substance, is one of 19 new candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, unveiled Monday. Despite Palmeiro's being one of just four players in the history of the sport to collect at least 3,000 hits and 500 home runs — the other three are already enshrined — his chances of making the Hall, at least initially, seem remote at best. Instead, it's his former Orioles teammate, second baseman Roberto Alomar, along with pitcher Bert Blyleven, who is considered the most likely to be inducted this summer.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | November 28, 2006
Inevitably, at every news conference during his farewell ballpark tour in 2001, Cal Ripken was asked about his thoughts on one day being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Each time, Ripken, the Orioles' legend, responded the same way: He didn't want to reflect on his accomplishments while his career was ongoing. He said he'd put all thoughts about a potential Hall of Fame induction on hold until he was on the ballot and voters had decided whether he was worthy of being enshrined with the sport's greats.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Kim Phelan and Jeff Zrebiec and Kim Phelan,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2005
The debate was supposed to have ended on that night last month in Seattle when Rafael Palmeiro stroked his 3,000th hit, a well-placed double that bounced in front of the left field fence at Safeco Field, a spot in baseball immortality landing with it. As one of four players with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits, Palmeiro - who has had a career cast in the background for so many years - appeared to be destined for baseball's Hall of Fame. That, at least, was the prevailing opinion until less than a week ago when the Orioles first baseman was suspended for 10 days on Monday after testing positive for steroids, making him - according to the results of a Tribune Publishing newspapers survey - now a long shot to gain admission to the halls of Cooperstown, N.Y. In the survey, conducted among 147 of the approximately 500 Baseball Writers' Association of America members who are eligible to vote on Hall of Fame entry, only 20 percent of the respondents said they would vote to elect Palmeiro.
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By Dan Shaughnessy and Dan Shaughnessy,Boston Globe | February 5, 1991
We're supposed to feel insulted, those of us who vote in the annual election for baseball's Hall of Fame. It's clear that the Lords of Baseball don't trust us to do the right thing when it comes to Pete Rose.Bowie Kuhn, Jim Campbell and another 10 barely breathing members of the Hall's board of directors yesterday unanimously voted to keep all the permanently ineligible players (Rose is the only living member of this Bad Boy Club) off the Hall of Fame ballot.Baseball writers across the land are up in arms.
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By Phil Jackman | December 14, 1993
Reading Time: Two Minutes.Here's a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot to kick around: Ken Boyer, Orlando Cepeda, Steve Garvey, Tony Perez, Vada Pinson, Rusty Staub, Steve Carlton, Jim Kaat, Phil Niekro and Don Sutton.Missing in one of the toughest calls in years (only 10 can be included on ballot) are: Dick Allen, Don Baylor, George Foster, Graig Nettles, Tony Oliva, Ron Santo, Ted Simmons, Joe Torre, Vida Blue, Ron Guidry, Mickey Lolich, Bruce Sutter and Luis Tiant, all guys with imposing numbers.
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