Debate rages in Rice's last year on ballot

Originally Published: December 26, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

If you have access to a wireless connection and a Web site that follows baseball, you're probably aware that Jim Rice's Hall of Fame case stems from his reputation as one of the "most feared" hitters in the game in the late 1970s and early '80s.

Which leads to a natural follow-up question: From a pitcher's perspective, how do you best define fear?

Did Rice elicit the type of fear that makes a pitcher wonder, "If I leave a ball over the middle of the plate, is this guy going ...

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