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I love the crack of the bat, the stolen base, and the hot stove, but the aspect of baseball that keeps me hooked is the numbers. The numbers are what separate baseball from other major sports.áSports fans donÆt tend to get too excited when a quarterback breaks a touchdown record, and they hardly notice a basketball player making dozens of consecutive free throws. But baseball is different.áThe numbers 714, 755, 762, 56, 4,256, .400, 2,632, 59, 191, 130, 61, and 73 are ingrained in the minds of every baseball fan.á These numbers, some of them current records and some of them broken records that had endured for decades, are the backbone of the game.áHowever, the steroids plague that has swept through baseball is threatening to render many of the numbers accumulated from the late 1990s t ...

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