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Cooperstown welcomes Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza to Hall of Fame

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The list of baseball’s immortals has grown by two. Ken Griffey Jr. set a record for votes, and Mike Piazza — perhaps the best hitting catcher of all time — joined him as their inductions into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., was announced. The ceremony will be on July 24. Piazza’s cause had been hurt by hints of steroid abuse, but there was never solid proof. However, steroid talk again kept Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens out…

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Marlins take a chance, hire Barry Bonds as hitting coach

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If the hitters of the Miami Marlins want to infuse a little more controversy into their at-bats, their new mentor may be just the right guy. The Marlins announced the hiring of Barry Bonds Friday. Bonds, one of the most debated batters of his time, will work on the staff of coach Don Mattingly. Bonds, a seven-time league MVP, inherits a team that was last in the majors in walks and next-to-last in home runs and runs scored. But rumors…

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