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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Remember back in high school when ...

By Tony Jackson

... You had that substitute teacher who was also a major league ballplayer? Oh, you don't? Well, some junior-high and high-school students in North Carolina do. Jerry Sands, the young Dodgers outfielder/first baseman who stands a decent chance of earning the major league minimum salary of $480,000 this season, spent part of the winter doing exactly what he did the previous winter, which is work as a substitute teacher back home.

"I like being around the kids, and it's better than sitting at home," he said. "I actually got woken up at 4:30 this morning by a call from them wanting me to work today. I need to call them and tell them I'm no longer in town."

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