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Hargrove a true leader for Orioles

The stunning death of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler made the first week of spring training a difficult one.

Originally Published: February 20, 2003
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

It was a marvelous first week of spring training, and it was a horrible first week.

It had uplifting stories, including the initial bid by Tampa Bay pitcher Nick Bierbrodt to make the team less than a year after nearly being killed by a gunshot. It had one terrible story, the death of an Orioles pitcher, 23-year-old Steve Bechler, which is where our roundup begins.

This spring marks the 10-year anniversary of the deaths of Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin ...

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