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John Franco 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. – He is one of only five members of the 400-save club – the second reliever ever to reach that milestone.

Unlike his fellow 400-save club members, however, John Franco was no flame-throwing, ninth-inning intimidator. But armed with pinpoint control and the guts of a burglar, Franco crafted a legacy unmatched by almost all modern closers.

Kevin Brown 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. – His intensity, on and off the mound, is still legendary. His "stuff" was elite.

The results were more than 200 wins, two earned-run average titles and a World Series ring. Now, Kevin Brown faces his last test as a player: The Hall of Fame vote.

Bret Boone is one of 33 players on the 2011 BBWAA ballot for Hall of Fame election. (Cordes/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Bret Boone made history the moment he put on a big league uniform.

But for the final piece of the first three-generation family in baseball annals, the history was just beginning.

Bert Blyleven is one of 33 players on the 2011 BBWAA ballot for Hall of Fame election. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Bert Blyleven struck out batters at a rate matched by few in big league history.

"It (his curveball) was nasty, I'll tell you that," said Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson. "Enough to make your knees buckle. Bert (Blyleven) was a terrific pitcher – a dominating pitcher."

Harold Baines makes his fifth appearance on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot this year. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The line has to be somewhere, but the inevitability of the numbers doesn't make Harold Baines' accomplishments any less impressive.

Of all the players eligible for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame who have previously been considered by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harold Baines has the most hits. And Harold Baines has the most runs batted in.

He must have been doing something right.

Jeff Bagwell is making his debut on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library/Ponzini)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The story is so famous, it has become the first cautionary tale for every new big league general manager.

The Boston Red Sox, desperate for bullpen help during the 1990 stretch drive, target the Astros' Larry Andersen – a 37-year-old veteran of four teams who has posted earned-run averages below 2.00 for each of the two previous seasons.

Carlos Baerga played 14 big league seasons, including three with the Mets. (Pilling/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Carlos Baerga began his career as one of the best hitting second basemen ever to play the game.

By the time he finished, Baerga was one of the game's top utility players – and the owner of a stat line which would make any middle infielder proud.

Roberto Alomar is one of 33 players on the BBWAA ballot for Hall of Fame election. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Roberto Alomar won a record 10 Gold Gloves in 11 years at second base and four Silver Slugger Awards during his major league career.

With all that gold and silver on his trophy rack, Alomar is now hoping for bronze.

George Steinbrenner is one of 12 finalists on the Expansion Era ballot for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)

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A recognizable and renowned fixture on the baseball landscape for four decades, George Steinbrenner took over the New York Yankees, a legendary franchise that was in the midst of a downward trend, and made them not only relevant again but a model of success both on and off the field.

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