No Inductees, No Big Deal?

Published 07/29 2013 10:17PM

Updated 08/05 2013 03:06PM

No living inductees, no big deal? Kind of. The hall did throw the usual weekend bash, however, not as many people were here to witness it. Attendance on Sunday plummeted to 2,500 fans, but despite less traffic on Cooperstown streets, some shop owners say it was business as usual.
Store Owner Tim Haney says, "This last weekend was less foot traffic, but I think that overall the business part of it was pretty good. I the attendance of the actual ceremony was down."
Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz says, "Clearly there were fewer people so my guess would be that there's less business. I would imagine that even an induction day with quoted lower attendance is better than an average Sunday."
Tim Haney grew up a baseball fan, so when the opportunity to buy a shop in the home of baseball presented itself, he jumped on it. And Tim says big inductions are nice but you can't depend on them, "We'll take it when it comes but, if we depended on induction weekend every year then you're kind of rolling the dice and it's not really all that smart. I hope that nobody on this street really depends on induction weekend to get Christmas gifts every year."
PED use consumed the discussion around the absent 2013 class. The Baseball Writers determined integrity was more important that stats this year. Therefore the hall's roster only grew by 3, however, many expect 2014 to be another hall mark year.
Senior Director of Communications Bradford Horn says, "We know that there are some great potential candidates, obviously nothing is ever done until they're elected. Within the next 2,3,4 years we're very confident our roster will grow."

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