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January 9, 2014

Wiles leaving Hall but not 'Casey' role

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“It’s the library that I use with my family,” said Wiles, who has lived in Guilderland since 2010. “It’s the center of the community in Guilderland.”

Living in Guilderland, where his wife is superintendent of schools, has meant a long commute for Wiles to his job at the hall.

“I’ve been enduring an 120 mile round trip commute since August 2010,” said Wiles. “I certainly will be happy to get off the road.”

Still, Wiles says that he treasures the time he has spent working for the Hall of Fame.

“I’m just so grateful to have had the opportunity to have worked here for so long,” said Wiles.

Wiles also says he will stay involved with the Hall of Fame, continuing his membership as well as his membership in the Society for American Baseball Research.

“I believe quite strongly in what we’re trying to do here,” he said.

He also said that baseball will continue to play a role in his life. A fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, Wiles said that not working at the Hall of Fame will actually allow him more time to read baseball books for pleasure, and that it will probably increase the amount of time he visits the Hall with his son.

He has also informed the Hall that he is willing to continue to make some appearances as Casey. His next appearance as Casey will be at the Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, and he also plans on bringing Casey to Guilderland.

“I hope to make at least one appearance a year (as Casey) at my new library,” said Wiles.

“Tim will be missed for the many ways ... in which he helped enhance the Hall of Fame experience for so many visitors,” said National Baseball Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson when asked about Wiles departure.

Asked whether the Hall was considering finding someone new to play Casey, or to supplement Wiles’ performances, Idelson gave a definitive no.

“There’s only one Casey and that’s Tim,” Idelson said.

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