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Friday, December 21, 2012
This Hall voter includes Piazza on ballot

By Adam Rubin

Baseball columnist Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record does include Mike Piazza on his Hall of Fame ballot. Klapisch writes:

Here’s another example of the witch-hunt mentality that wants to bring down the greatest-hitting catcher of all time. Huge offensive numbers in an age when almost everyone was juicing? Piazza might’ve fit the profile, but he never failed a drug test, nor was he even named in the Mitchell Report. We’ll take his career numbers at face value: a .308 average and more home runs (396) than any other catcher. Worthy of first-ballot induction if there ever was one.

Klapisch's ballot also includes: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, Edgar Martinez, Alan Trammel and Tim Raines.