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Notes from around the big leagues, including the hazing of Nick Swisher, a George Costanza sighting and more.

Originally Published: September 17, 2004
By Gary Miller | Special to ESPN.com

Nick Swisher was famous before he made it to the major leagues, prominently featured in Michael Lewis' best-seller "Moneyball." The most celebrated of Oakland's seven first-round picks in 2002 is the first of the group to make it to "The Show."

Swisher's swagger is openly acknowledged by veteran A's, who immediately sought to humble their newest teammate with roughly $1,500 in kangaroo court fines upon his arrival. The infractions ranged from the sublime, ($1,000 for taking the team ...

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