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Ohlendorf brimming with intelligence

Pirates right-hander, a graduate of Princeton, always the smartest guy in the room

Originally Published: June 6, 2009
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

It was a conversation that has rarely, if ever, taken place in a baseball clubhouse. As Pittsburgh Pirates players were milling about, doing nothing of particular interest, Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf stood at his locker and discussed his senior thesis at Princeton. Pittsburgh closer Matt Capps walked by, laughed and said, "Is that the thesis that you stole from me?''

Ohlendorf is a good young right-hander with a 95-mph sinker. He may be the smartest player in baseball and the ...

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