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How much should pitchers beware the gopher ball?

Updated: June 23, 2008, 2:52 PM ET
By James Quintong | ESPN.com

During the mid-'90s, one baseball video game claimed it was as "real as Radke." That phrase refers to Brad Radke, who had a penchant for giving up the long ball, as he gave up 72 homers in his first two seasons in the majors, in 1995 and 1996. Thus, the commercial featured Radke on the mound constantly watching his homers leave the field, while a conga line of hitters circled the bases.

Not long after those commercials aired, though, Radke would go on to win 20 games and finish third in ...

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