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Dreading the winter ahead

Updated: October 8, 2004, 12:33 PM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN.com

Long considered a valuable mechanism for the offseason development and conditioning of players, the Venezuelan winter league is expected to see a drop in the participation of major leaguers as a result of the kidnapping of Ugueth Urbina's mother.

Fear Factor

Watch ESPN.com senior writer Tom Farrey's special report on Venezuelan players' fear for the safety of their family back home. The full report airs on Outside The Lines on ESPN at 12:58 a.m. ET Tuesday, 9:58 p.m. PT Monday.

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