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Remembering the good things about baseball

Baseball may seem in a state of disrepair, but Jim Caple offers up reasons why the sport remains so captivating..

Originally Published: June 17, 2002
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

The commissioner says six teams could be on death row. The union is debating strike dates. Columnists are outraged that players are using steroids. Attendance is down throughout the majors. And the biggest question over the weekend was whether the best pitcher of our era would get beaned.

But enough of that. As school lets out and the longest day of the year beckons, let us ignore the usual offering of negatives and instead savor the simple joys of the summer game ...

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