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Hershiser heads city Hall of Fame class

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The newest inductees into the Albuquerque Professional Baseball Hall of Fame are big names who are still in the game.

So much into the game, in fact, that they must go 0-for-3 in appearances on induction night.

Terry Collins manages the New York Mets. Orel Hershiser calls select Los Angeles Dodgers games as an analyst for SportsNet LA. Von Joshua is a hitting coach in Taiwan. None can be here for the July 19 ceremony; each will give recorded acceptance speeches to be shown on the Isotopes Park video board.

Collins played in Albuquerque from 1977-78, 1980 and 1984, and managed the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes from 1983-88, compiling a 388-392 record.

The 1988 Cy Young Award winner, Hershiser called the Duke City home from 1982-83 when he recorded a 19-14 record over two seasons with the Dukes. He posted a cumulative 3.91 ERA and 20 saves in 96 games pitched over the two seasons.

Joshua first appeared during the 1968 season as a Double-A Albuquerque Dodger. He returned in 1972 with the Dukes and won the Pacific Coast League batting title, hitting .337 in 125 games.

The Hall of Fame committee is headed by Isotopes general manager John Traub and includes several of the city’s longtime baseball observers.

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