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New York Times covers Hall of Fame election with blank page

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  January 10, 2013 11:02 AM

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The New York Times chose its words carefully in its coverage of the Baseball Hall of Fame election results, opting to print a mostly blank lead sports page.

The Times did start a story on the results of the vote on its front page, and the page following the blank space is filled with stories about the outcome, which has been a hot topic because no players were chosen for induction in 2013.

Times sports editor Joe Sexton explained the decision to ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell as follows:

"Wayne Kamidoi, our boundary pushing art designer, came up with the idea, and Jay Schreiber, our baseball editor, saw the chance to capture the very old, very dispiriting story of steroids in baseball in a freshly powerful way. Yes, it was not a surprise that Bonds and Clemens didn't make it. But felt like history had spoken. How to convey that to our readers? I think we did it -- a striking, profound emptiness."

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