Sutter Speaks!

New Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Sutter spoke to the press from Atlanta a second time Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, former Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Sutter, 53, garnered 76.9% of the vote, just surpassing the 75% minimum required for induction and is the only player elected this year.

Sutter revolutionalized the split-fingered fastball and is the first full-time closer in history to be elected to the Hall. His induction ceremony will be held in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 30.

Sutter met with the press in Atlanta Tuesday night, his second major conference call on his announcement day. Following are replies to a dozen questions asked there.

On the events leading up to his selection
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On other closers who belong in the Hall and why
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On who called him and his planning for the announcement
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On his reaction upon receiving the call
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On who is going to present him at the Hall
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On other worthy players on the ballot
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On who called to congratulate him
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On his hectic day and his family
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On who helped him with his split finger and his pitching
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On his late father's influence
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On traveling to the Hall of Fame
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On which cap he wants to wear
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Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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