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Pitchers flock to Elgin for Area Code tryout

Originally Published: June 27, 2011
By Patrick McGavin | Special to ESPNHS.com

ELGIN, Ill.--In Chicago, baseball is both pastime and sectarian clash. For once, geographical differences melted away.

For its Area Code tryouts, the Chicago White Sox invited nearly 200 of the best prospects from nine states, primarily in the Midwest. Players arrived as far away from California and Texas to Elgin Community College.

It all made perfect sense. As White Sox Midwest area scout Dan Durst addressed the battery of pitchers, outfielders, position players and ...

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