Hall of Fame Voters Now the Jury

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What a relief to know that Robbie Alomar never used PEDs.

That’s just one sad, tongue-in-cheek conclusion from the final vote tallies, announced yesterday, from the 2011 Hall of Fame class.

Alomar got in on his second try. Bert Blyleven made it on his 14th try.

Great picks. Both deserving.

But the names of those left far, far behind the magical 75 percent entry threshold speak to the flawed voting procedure and occasionally twisted logic that eligible voters from the Baseball Writers Association of America wind up resorting to when it comes to deciding who gets into Cooperstown.

The exclusion of Jeff Bagwell, a first-timer on the ballot who received less than 42 percent of the vote, and the inclusion of Alomar,...

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