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A Long Journey to Spring

Originally Published: March 19, 2014
By Chris Jones | ESPN The Magazine

MIKE JIRSCHELE WALKS to a distant diamond, looking like a man taking his first steps on the moon. He's wearing a fresh white Royals uniform, No. 59; "Linebackers coach," he says with a smile. His job this sunny morning is to throw BP. He reaches his assigned field at Kansas City's sprawling spring complex in Surprise, Ariz., and adjusts the placement of the L screen and the wire basket of baseballs waiting for him. Among the players in his group is Jarrod Dyson, the speedy ...

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