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Spring means one more chance for struggling vets like Shelton

In 2006, Chris Shelton was compared to Babe Ruth. Now he's trying to make a roster. Story
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Updated: February 21, 2008, 3:11 PM ET
By Jeff Pearlman | Special to Page 2

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Like the careers of so many once-upon-a-time phenoms, the clichéd superlatives that once accompanied Chris Shelton's name have dried up and withered away.

It was less than two years ago that Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland hailed Shelton as a "natural hitter"; that teammate Brandon Inge raved, "He's got talent like I've never seen!"; that the roly-poly bopper from nowhere (well, Salt Lake City) evoked comparisons to Babe Ruth; that the frantic pace of batting ...

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