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Sorry Mr. Palmeiro, but Bill Simmons doesn't think your stats mean as much as they used to.

Updated: July 20, 2005, 12:28 PM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's note: This article appears in the August 1 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

On July 14, Rich Harden was gunning for a no-hitter in Oakland right as Raffy Palmeiro was gunning for his 3,000th hit in Seattle. As fate would have it, Harden retired the Rangers leadoff batter in the eighth just as Palmeiro was strolling to the plate, leading to an unparalleled remote-control dilemma: A) stick with the no-no; B) flick to the possibly historic hit, or C) toggle between the two and hope ...

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