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By Joey Blum
Chronicle Columnist 

THE 400-METER SPRINTS: 'I see the ball and I hit the ball'

USA Olympic Trials June 18-25


January 16, 2020

Watching the 400-meter race, I always imagine where I would be when the winner crosses the finish line. At my fastest (years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth), I would have been lucky to get to 150 meters as the elite runners would be hitting the tape. An enjoyable part of being a sports fan is drifting into fantasy or hearkening back to your own glory days.

There was a fierce-hitting baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1960s, '70s and '80s named Tony Pérez, who is now in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In baseball, hitters, even more so after...

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