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Explaining my Hall ballot

Voting for the Hall of Fame Class of 2004 was once again an agonizing process.

Originally Published: January 6, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Fifty years ago, Red Smith and Shirley Povich never had to ask themselves, "Do closers and DHs belong in the Hall of Fame?" when they filled out their Hall of Fame ballots.

But nowadays, we live in an age in which nothing is ever simple. And there is no better illustration of the newfangled complications that face the modern Hall of Fame voter than the two first-ballot legends who were elected to the Hall on Tuesday -- Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley.

Had there been no such thing ...

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