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2003: An Alaskan Pipeline to the Big Leagues

An Alaskan Pipeline to the Big Leagues By Jeannette J. Lee The Associated Press Anchorage, Alaska – There were so few fans in Mulcahy Stadium that a heckler’s game-long monologue carried clear to the pitcher’s mound. The voice cut easily through the quiet chatter of about 300 people lounging in the bleachers, watching teams made up of college players from North Carolina to Hawaii to Taiwan. The park holds 4,500 people, but the average turnout for a game is several hundred. The Alaska Baseball League may not pack in the crowds, but it has sent more than 400 players to the majors. Mark Mc- Gwire, Randy Johnson, Jason Giambi and...