Roberto Alomar

Pudge shrugs off slim first-ballot Hall margin, and reason

Ivan Rodriguez said he barely slept for three days waiting to find out whether he would get enough votes for election to baseball's Hall of Fame.

Once Pudge was secure as just the second catcher behind Johnny Bench to get in on the first ballot, the 14-time AL All-Star said he wasn't bothered by the slim margin. And Rodriguez shrugged off one of the reasons it was so close — allegations from former Texas teammate Jose Canseco in a 2005 book that he injected Rodriguez and other Rangers with steroids.

"It doesn't matter," Rodriguez said Wednesday night in a news conference at the ballpark he called home for 13 of his 21 seasons. "I'm going to be in...

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