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Outrage at HOF voting baseless

Changes in MLB culture, punditry since '95 don't mean voters should ditch precedent

Updated: January 8, 2010, 10:46 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

From the overheated outrage expressed by baseball fans, the blogosphere and, most embarrassingly, the ostensibly objective journalists over the fact that Andre Dawson was the only player elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010, it seemed as though voters who didn't choose Roberto Alomar had reduced the sum total of his spectacular accomplishments to being on par with the feats of, say, Marty Barrett, and that Barry Larkin's wonderful career was just slightly better than Gene Larkin's.

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