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Cooperstown settles for a Hall of Fame weekend with no living inductees

Last week, the Baseball Writers Association voted no living players into the Hall of Fame. The writers may have been making a statement with so many players on the ballot under the shadow of steroids – but how will that outcome impact the businesses in Cooperstown that thrive on Hall of Fame induction weekend?
Cooperstown (WSYR-TV/WUTR-TV) - Last week, the Baseball Writers Association voted no living players into the Hall of Fame.

The writers may have been making a statement with so many players on the ballot under the shadow of steroids – but how will that outcome impact the businesses in Cooperstown that thrive on Hall of Fame induction weekend?

Each year, the Otsego County community throws a party to honor baseball’s greatest players.

"It's definitely the marquee weekend, right. It is the weekend where we have merchants having sidewalk sales, people come in. Players - Hall of Famers and not - are on the sidewalk doing autograph sales. It's a fantastic experience even in this year,” said Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz.

But this year, the lack of players may result in a lack of business.

Katz says that he’s optimistic that the community will be able to stand a thinner Hall of Fame induction weekend.

"And the spin has been very much that it's not going to be a good summer. And we don't feel that way. Will there be challenges? Sure. But it’s important to be creative and think through the process and we will have a positive summer,” he said.

There will be an induction ceremony even without any living inductees.

And the Hall said there will be many current Hall of Famers that weekend to add to the excitement.

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