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The story: Several well-known players were eligible to be named to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. But a number of them are now known to have used performance-enhancing drugs.

Therefore — for only the second time in 42 years — the Baseball Writers Association of America was unable to vote anyone into the Hall this year.

Here’s how Wayne Kamidoi of the New York Times presented the story today.

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Wayne tells us — and I presume he’s smiling when he says this:

From a production standpoint, today’s page is one of the easiest ever.

Heh.

I posted this page first thing this morning — before I got out of bed, even. And already, I’m getting questions about other versions with other headlines.

Wayne tells us:

Yes! We re-wrote the headline between editions. Part of the apprehension seeped in.

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Not sure what worked better. We thought the second headline was clearer, without wrecking the concept or hammering people over the head.

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ESPN showed the early version [this morning], which went to those who get the first national edition… photo courtesy of Dave Wilson, ex-sports designer now an editor on ESPN.com‘s Playbook section.

In addition, Dave and a few of Wayne’s NYT colleagues pushed the page out via Twitter and Facebook last night.

This is the second amazing baseball steroids-themed page Wayne has designed. This one has been in my Art of Being Brilliant presentation for years. It’s literally a show-stopper.

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Wayne replies:

I also designed the syringe page. So, it seems the Steroids Era has come full circle — from 89 mug shots to zero.

Find Wayne’s Twitter feed here.

In addition, I’m told Poynter’s Sara Quinn is working on a Q&A with Wayne. I’ll post a link as soon as the article surfaces.

UPDATE – 5:20 p.m.

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