No Inductees For Hall of Fame: Bad for Business?

By Callan Gray

January 10, 2013 Updated Jan 10, 2013 at 7:24 AM EDT

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Businesses in Cooperstown are ready for a hit.

For the first time in over ten years the baseball hall of fame has no inductees.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America decided none of the 37 players were qualified.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa are all great names in baseball.

But each struck out trying to get the 75 percent vote needed to join the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"Piazza I thought was in," said Thomas Catal, Cooperstown. "I was making bets, first time hall of famer, first ballot, he's got to get in! I mean come on but I think it was a protest vote."

Catal is a retired Cooperstown business owner.

He says most of the nominees lost the honor because of steroid use.

"I think they should get in," said Catal. "I blame baseball more than the players. I think baseball over looked it. They knew it was going on and they said nothing about it."

Another local from Westville, William, agreed.

"And even if someone isn't taking one of these drugs or hasn't taken one of these drugs, they can be accused of it and that can effect their standing," William said.

But with fewer tourists, the town may take a hit.

"It's going to be a rough year this year in Cooperstown," said Catal.

Local businesses expect fewer profits.

"I used to own Mickey's place over here," said Catal.
"25 percent of our business was done in a four-day period now you're talking about maybe its 15 percent now."

Catal says sales could dip to devastating lows.

But William says it will bring relief.

"I don't really think the lack of people accepted into the Hall of Fame this year will do anything except make it easier for people who live around here to park somewhere in Cooperstown," said William.

William says usually the streets are packed for Hall of Fame weekend.