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Hall of Fame Classic in '09


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This is what MLB is replacing the Hall of Fame Game with. Here is a link from ESPN.

Guess it'll be like the games they used to have in the 70's or 80's during the All-Star Break?

The inaugural Hall of Fame Classic will be held on June 21 -- Father's Day and the first day of summer. It will replace the Hall of Fame Game, discontinued this season after 68 years because of scheduling problems.

"We're honored to be a part of this," said Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, president of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, which is working with the Hall of Fame to put on the Hall of Fame Classic.

"There's a lot we can do to promote the game of baseball. This will be a great success and hit here in Cooperstown. It will be a lot of fun -- autographs, family entertainment. That's what it's all about," he added.

Next June's game at Doubleday Field will feature four Hall of Famers and more than 20 other retired major leaguers, although the decision on who will play will not be made until later, Hall of Fame spokesman Craig Muder said.

"We are extremely excited to start a new Cooperstown tradition for multigenerational families everywhere," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said. "Given that Cooperstown is steeped in nostalgia, a legends-style baseball game is a natural fit."

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