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Open Hall's doors for these nine names

While Mark McGwire dominates the talk, there are plenty of other deserving candidates on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.

Originally Published: January 8, 2007
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

This isn't Mark McGwire's Hall of Fame election.

It ought to be Tony Gwynn's election. It ought to be Cal Ripken Jr.'s election. It ought to be their day, their moment, because this is supposed to be about the winners, the greatest players who ever lived.

But in the extraordinary cases of Gwynn and Ripken, there is another powerful force at work. When the ballots are counted Tuesday, those two men conceivably could find themselves in the middle of the biggest Hall of Fame story ever. Yes, ...

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