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Rafael Palmeiro falls off Hall of Fame ballot; Mike Mussina receives 20.3 percent of vote
Rafael Palmeiro falls off Hall of Fame ballot; Mike Mussina receives 20.3 percent of vote

While the National Baseball Hall of Fame was announcing Wednesday that three players in their first year of eligibility — pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas — had been elected by the writers' association in the same year for the first time in 15 years, Rafael Palmeiro was in his Texas home putting away Christmas decorations. The former Orioles slugger didn't realize the announcement had been made until he noticed several missed phone calls. He turned on the TV and learned he had received only 25 votes — half of what he garnered last year — for a total of 4.4 percent, which dropped him from the Baseball Writers' Association...

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