Cooperstown baseball excitement

By Alicia Nieves

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM EST

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced this year's inductee, and Cooperstown locals say this year's celebration will be one of the best in a while.

For the first time since 1971, this year there will be six new inductees.

The 2014 class of inductees includes, "three of the best baseball managers in history, and three of the best players," said Erik Strohl, Vice President of Exhibitions and Collections at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

"This year is like a tribute to the 90s, some of the greatest in baseball during that class will be inducted and people are excited," Strohl added.

This year's class of inductees is a stark contrast from the 2013 class.

Last year, three people were inducted and none were living.

"Which by direct definition means there was less tangible excitement and less of an urge in part of the baseball fans or the public, to come and see their favorite heroes that they grew up watching," Strohl said.

That was part of the reason there was a significantly lighter crowd at last year's induction weekend.

"It was like another weekend here," said Sarah Mower a manager at Mickey Place - a sporting goods store in Cooperstown.

"Usually it's the one weekend we look forward to," Mower added.

But this year with inductees like Former Yankees Baseball Manager, Joe Torre, and Former Atlanta Braves Pitcher, Greg Maddox, Strohl's predicts it's going to be a good year.

"Probably one of the best in over 15 years," Strohl said.

Six inductees will be six times the reason to visit Coopers town this summer.

Local business owners and residents can't wait for the influx of people in Cooperstown.

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