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Don Mattingly is one of 33 players on the 2011 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – His career is unlike almost every other Yankees star, because it included no World Series glory.

But even without a championship on his resumé, Don Mattingly remains an all-time favorite among Yankees fans – and deeply etched into the team's record book.

Tino Martinez is one of 33 players on the 2011 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. (Green/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – For a man who played less than half of his big league seasons in New York, Tino Martinez has always appeared most at home in pinstripes.

Four World Series rings – and a legion of adoring fans – will do that.

Edgar Martinez compiled a .312 career batting average in 18 big league seasons.

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Edgar Martinez has been elected into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame, the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame and the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

Now he's got his sights set on Cooperstown.

Al Leiter won 162 games in 19 big league seasons.

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Al Leiter pitched parts of six big league seasons before establishing himself at the major league level.

But after that, the strikeout-minded left-hander made up for lost time – both on the field and in the community.

Barry Larkin appears in the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot for the second time in 2011. (NBHOF/Sauritch)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – His career dawned in the shadow of Ozzie Smith's, peaked at the height of Cal Ripken mania and ended as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez redefined the shortstop position.

But check the numbers: 12 All-Star Game selections in 19 seasons for Barry Larkin. It doesn't get much better than that for any shortstop.

Charles Johnson helped the Marlins win the 1997 World Series. (NBHOF/Mangin)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – For pitchers, the standard of excellence is the perfect game.

For catchers, it's the perfect season – like the one authored in 1997 by Charles Johnson.

Bobby Higginson is making his debut on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot.

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Bobby Higginson fought for 11 seasons to be the best player he could be.

As a native of the tough streets of Philadelphia and the grandson of a heavyweight boxer, Higginson knew no other way.

Lenny Harris recorded the most pinch hits in big league history. (NBHOF/Pilling)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – It was a job Lenny Harris never wanted, because it meant he wasn't playing regularly.

But pinch-hitting became Harris' destiny. And no one did it better.

Marquis Grissom is one of 33 players on the 2011 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. (Mangin/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The combination of power and speed on the diamond is an unusual one, and players who translate that ability into success are rarer still.

Marquis Grissom had both – as well as a burning work ethic. The result was one of the most unique careers in big league history.

Juan Gonzalez is one of 33 players on the 2011 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. (Mangin/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – In an era where huge run totals were the norm, Juan Gonzalez was the RBI king.

Now, those RBI totals – and Gonzalez's all-around play for 17 big league seasons – have brought him to Cooperstown's door.

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