Treading Disparate Paths, Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. Meet at the Hall of Fame

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A man claiming a patch of lawn outside Cooperstown’s Clark Sports Center, where Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame together on Sunday, started their professional lives in starkly different ways: Griffey as the No. 1 overall pick in the amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners and Piazza as the 62nd-round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yet, Griffey said, they essentially followed the same road.

“We got drafted, we worked hard in the minor league system and we had an…

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