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Roberto Alomar, Ty Cobb and the 13 Biggest Jerks in the MLB Hall of Fame
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The small town of Cooperstown in New York with a population of just over 2,000 gets bombarded late every July because of Hall of Fame weekend.

The class of 2011 not only included players Roberto Alomar and Bert Blyleven, but GM Pat Gillick, sportswriter Bill Conlin and broadcaster Dave Van Horne.

In case you didn't know about the voting process, eligible players are voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWA). A player must receive 75 percent of the vote to be elected.

There are other nuances, but that's the gist of it.

While it is the highest honor to be voted into the Hall of Fame, it's a political and bias process.

Some baseball writers have personal vendettas against players for not being respectful toward them during their playing careers.

Some baseball writers penalize for inappropriate conduct. 

It's why we've never seen an unanimous vote. Tom Seaver is the closest; he received 98.7 percent of the vote. 

It's why 16 writers didn't vote for Mike Schmidt on his first ballot.

It's why Eddie Murray didn't get more first-ballot votes.

It's why Roberto Alomar wasn't a first-ballot inductee. He received 73.7 percent of the vote (I'll get into why during my slideshow). He got 90 percent of the vote in his second go-around.

 

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