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The magic of the stance

From Rod Carew's rock to Joe Morgan's flap to Tony Batista's wide-open start, Eric Neel revels in baseball's strangest batting stances.

Updated: July 23, 2004, 12:03 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2

My friends Kevin and Ted and I are at the Angels-Red Sox game in Anaheim the other night and a video tribute to Rod Carew comes on the big screen in center field.

"Look at that stance," I say. "I miss that stance. I miss the bat rocking in his hands the way a buoy dances in the water. He's barely holding on to the thing. Nobody has a stance like that. That's one of the great stances."

"Who else is on that list?" Kevin asks. "We're talking stance, we're talking anything before ...

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