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Bobby V's got Bombers on the brain

The Man Who Invented Baseball seems obsessed with the 27-time champions

Updated: March 1, 2012, 7:44 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- On the day Bobby Valentine invented baseball, that is not the way he drew up the relay play.

The way he figured it out, on the ball hit to right field, the shortstop is supposed to go out and take the deep relay, the second baseman backs him up and the first baseman is the floater, roaming the infield for an overthrow and deciding whether the play should be to home or to third.

That is no doubt the reason Valentine has had so much trouble for the past 11 years ...

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