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No one elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

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The decision by the Baseball Writers' Association of America obviously has a direct impact on Cooperstown. Each summer, thousands of people visit the Hall of Fame to watch the inductions take place. This year, fans may balk at the idea. Our Cara Thomas spoke with Hall of Fame officials about the reaction there.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- When residents in Cooperstown heard the news that no one had been elected for the baseball hall of fame this year, they were disappointed. Not only as baseball fans, but as business owners.

"I mean it's a baseball fan's dream," one person said.

The summer months in Cooperstown are booming. Tourists come from across the country to see the Baseball Hall of Fame. And their busiest time is induction weekend.

"Today we've probably had a dozen people come into the store whereas in the summer, we obviously have hundreds of people going through the store on any given hour," said Van Russo, owner of Mickey’s Place.

But this year might be a little different. For the eighth time in history, no one has been elected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Nominees needed 75 percent of the votes to be elected, but even with 569 ballots cast, none of the 37 hopefuls made the cut.

"It's tough for three out of four people to agree on anything. Let alone election to the greatest sports shrine in the world," said Hall of Fame Spokesperson Craig Mudder.

And this news isn't just disappointing for baseball fans that may have been rooting for a particular player. But not having any 'big name' inductions may have an effect on some Cooperstown businesses.

"As far as our business, I think we'll be fine. We have a pretty steady local following, but it's definitely going to hurt everyone in town," said Phillip Andrews of Nicoletta’s Italian Café.

Local business owners say the people that might be impacted the most are seasonal stores and hotels. They say out of the 20 or so baseball stores in Cooperstown, only two or three remain open all year round.

Russo said, "So if you're relying on 100 days of revenue, you would be nervous ‘cause you've suddenly lost the three good days of that one weekend."

Now there will still be an induction event this year. Three baseball players elected by the Pre Integration Era Committee will be inducted. And current Hall of Fame members will also be present. But local businesses say without a huge fan base being attracted to the area, Hall of Fame weekend just won't be the same.

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