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01/09/2013 2:37 PM ET

Major League Baseball statement

Major League Baseball issued the following statement this afternoon regarding today’s announcement by the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

“Major League Baseball recognizes that election to the Hall of Fame is our game’s most extraordinary individual honor.  Achieving enshrinement in Cooperstown is difficult, as it should be, and there have been seven other years when no one was elected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.  While this year did not produce an electee, there are many worthy candidates who will merit consideration in the future.  We respect both the longstanding process that the Hall of Fame has in place and the role of the BBWAA, whose members have voted in the Hall of Fame’s elections since 1936.”

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