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Tim Graham's Power Take: Little things make up baseball's charm

Baseball, you're winning me back.

The favorite sport of my youth lost me in the 1990s, when it started to yak on steroids and marginalized half the game by sacrificing pitchers on a nightly basis. Charles Nagy was the ace of a playoff team in 1998, posting a 5.22 ERA for the Indians.

Outfielders won Gold Gloves based on how well they played with whiplash.

But baseball has been hitting the proper notes the past few years. Major League Baseball got tough on steroids. Offensive numbers have recalibrated. And you don't watch games and wonder how badly concussions are addling players' brains.

Then there's Monday's report the Cardinals and Pirates are moving their Aug. 20 game from Pittsburgh's PNC Park to the Little League World Series complex in Williamsport, Pa.


MLB staged a game at Fort Bragg last summer. I propose they play next year amid the Field of Dreams cornstalks in Iowa.

As baseball did with Ray Kinsella three decades ago, it's drawing me in all over again.

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