Cooperstown to unveil Class of 2014

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Cooperstown to unveil Class of 2014

January 7, 2014 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 1:33 AM EST

Cooperstown, NY (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Three hundred people have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine know something about the number 300; the pair of former Atlanta Braves and 300-game winners headline the list of players on the ballot in 2014.

"If Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are elected, you're talking about absolute history in terms of having two pitchers of that stature going at the same time," says Craig Muder, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's director of communications.

Only twice -- in 1936 and 1973 -- have multiple 300-game winners been inducted in the same year.

The last pitcher to win 300 games and be inducted into the Hall of Fame is Nolan Ryan, inducted in 1999. This year, two pitchers that won 300 games can make the Hall.

That doesn't happen very often, and it's something you might say folks in Cooperstown are hoping for.

"Hopefully will be a very strong year, but we don't always count on that," says Connie Haney, owner of Cooperstown Bat Co., which sells souvenir bats.

"We think there's a real capacity we're going to have a very, very big crowd here in the summer," Muder says.

Some might say baseball needs a good Hall of Fame class.

After all, 2013 produced no living inductees as baseball writers and voters denied any player involved in baseball's steroid era.

"Before 2013, 1996 there were BBWAA electees. 1971 there were no BBWAA electees. It's kind of on a consistent basis, and why it happens you'll have to ask the voters," Muder says.

"Guys who were using steroids are making other guys look bad when I think they were doing it the right way. Piazza I don't think is a steroid user, but I feel like the reason he didn't make it is because a lot of people feel like he might be dirty as well," says Vincent Cersosimo of Queens, NY.

The lack of big name inductees -- or even living inductees a year ago -- hurt tourism for local businesses.

"The election crowd last year was not what it has been in the past because we did not have any living inductees last year," says Muder.

Will former Met Mike Piazza get his due as the best hitting catcher ever?

Will former Yankee Mike Mussina join manager Joe Torre in the class of 2014?

Will ANY hitter from the steroid era get his due?

Wednesday will have the answers.

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