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    Mitch's Mom plays the Spitters and Hitters in the KC Sport and Social softball league at Penn Valley Park, July 11, 2016.
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    The Yankees do a breakdown after practice at Jersey Creek Park, July 12, 2016. The Yankees are part of the RBI league, or Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities.
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    The Cyclones' Chadron Cummins throws a pitch at baseball practice at Waterwell Athletic Complex, July 7, 2016.
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    Baseball isn't just kid's game. The Braves' Alex Gibb, left, and Steven Carrington of Roeland Park share a laugh in the dugout of their men's league game at Mid America Sports Complex, Aug. 4, 2016.
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    Steve Bindseil, left, and Caleb Brisco, two umpires, wait to call their next game at the west 3&2 Baseball complex, July 3, 2016.
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    Jack Johnson, left, Kash Conard and Kipton Conard run the scoreboard at the 3&2 Baseball complex, June 16, 2016.
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    The Blue Sox listen to their coach before their game at the NKC Area Baseball League, June 24, 2016.
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    The Yankee's Mike Ese, 7, of Kansas City, Kan., jumps in the air to throw the ball at baseball practice at Jersey Creek Park, July 12, 2016. "I'm going to go to the All Star Game this year!" he said, then reconsidered. "No, next year." Mike's grandfather, Benny, hopes Mike can us his athleticism to put himself through college.
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    "Do you have this one Dad?" Jackson Williams, center, asks his father Gary Williams, behind, as he and Lane Kline look at baseball cards in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, July 15, 2016. Gary's favorite card in his collection is George Brett. Jackson's favorite card is Eric Hosmer.
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    The Raptors' Magnus Larson, left, and Sylas Wilson use their hats as cups in the dugout at the west 3&2 Baseball complex, June 17, 2016.
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    Shamarr Wright Thompson, front, and his friends walk back to the baseball field at Tower Park to continue their pickup softball game after an "intermission," June 18, 2016. "This is what we do," said Rodney Douglas, far right. "Violence is not what we do."
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    The T-Bones' Anthony Gallas watches nervously from the dugout near the end of their game at Community America Ballpark, July 23, 2016. Anthony said that playing in the independent minor leagues is a return to what baseball is all about. The players come together as a team, as compared to Tripple-A, where players are always competing. Anthony loves the game, and hopes to continue to grow as a baseball player and reach his full potential, wherever that takes him.
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    Ethn Crisp was one of the original members of the group they call the "Sandlot League," who have been playing pickup baseball every summer sunday since 2001. Here he takes off his sandals to pitch at Rosedail Park, June 26, 2016.
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    Chris "The KC Superfan" Stone gets pumped up in a car full of super fans as they ride toward Kaufman Stadium for the Royals game Aug. 11, 2016. When the Royals made the World Series in 2014, Stone dropped out of school to afford tickets.
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    Brandon Hood, left, of Smithville points out Salvador Perez to his twin sons, Cooper, center, and Christian Hood, before the Royals game at Kauffman Stadium, Aug. 9, 2016. From their seats in the upper deck, the so-called "cheap seats," they climbed to the very top row to tackle the twins' fear of heights. It was the Cooper and Christian's first Royals game. To Brandon, the outing was a bonding experience and the making of a memory.
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    Jerrod Dyson, right, and Salvador Perez celebrate their win at Kauffman Stadium, Aug. 11, 2016.