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"Before these guys are left fielders and third baseman and first basemen, they’re just baseball players, and then they’re mostly shortstops and center fielders and pitchers until they get to the pros. The willingness of MLB teams to look at them as just baseball players, and task them accordingly, may be driven by roster madness, but it isn’t an adaptation so much as it’s a reversion to the way they, we, all grew up: Just playing ball."