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Patterson gave Pie time to bake

With Corey Patterson now out of the picture, the Cubs' new hope in center field is 20-year-old Felix Pie.

Originally Published: July 16, 2005
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

Corey Patterson returns for some postgraduate work in hitting school this week. Conventional wisdom says his stay with the Cubs' Triple-A team in Iowa will be relatively brief, but it comes with no guarantees.

The Cubs have given Patterson repeated chances to blossom into a big-league star over six seasons, including continuous duty in center field since 2002. Except for the first half of 2003, a stretch that ended when he tripped over first base and tore up his knee, he has been a disappointment.

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