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Mud plays part in game of baseball

Originally Published: April 7, 2010
By Andrew Astleford | Special to Page 2

On Opening Day, Jim Bintliff allowed himself a moment to relax.

His work as the sole supplier of the rubbing mud that is applied to 15-18 dozen major league baseballs before each game was complete. Later that afternoon, from his home, he planned to watch his favorite team, the Philadelphia Phillies, rout the Washington Nationals -- an experience that makes a grueling winter of packaging and shipping "worthwhile." Finally, a new season was about to begin.

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