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December 23, 2010

Cooperstown 2011: Raul Mondesi

First Year on Ballot

PLAYING CAREER:  Los Angeles Dodgers (1993–1999), Toronto Blue Jays (2000–2002), New York Yankees (2002–2003), Arizona Diamondbacks (2003), Pittsburgh Pirates (2004), Anaheim Angels (2004) and Atlanta Braves (2005)

ACHIEVEMENTS:  Career batting average of .273, with 271 home runs, 860 RBI and 229 stolen bases.  1994 National League Rookie of the Year.  Two-time Gold Glove winner (1995 and 1997).  Twice eclipsed 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season (1997 and 1999) to become only the tenth multiple 30/30  players and the first Dodger to accomplish the feat.  1995 All-Star selection.

HOVG THOUGHTS:  The current mayor of San Cristóbal Province hasn't a chance in the world to get a Hall of Fame vote.  BUT...I would've said the same about David Segui last year at this team and look at how he did.  One.  Vote.

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