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The Major League Baseball season is underway, which means I will be spared further video of MLB players at spring training gently loping across the outfield grass. Baseball spring training will never be confused with NFL preseason camps, where maximum effort can secure a job. Meanwhile, Ken Burns’ superb documentary on Jackie Robinson debuted on PBS in April. The sight of Robinson exploding out of the batter’s box and running full-tilt stands in sharp contrast not only to the standard MLB spring training images but also, unfortunately, to the way too many players today approach the base paths during the regular season.

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