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UNC's Ackley calls for gushing

Originally Published: May 22, 2009
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

Baseball scouts aren't gushers.

Neither are cross-checkers, draft analysts or opposing college coaches.

You're more likely to hear "He's not as good as so-and-so" or "Let's see him do that with a wood bat" than any genuine kneel-at-the-altar praise, no matter how Paul Bunyan-esque a college player's career numbers are.

Dustin Ackley isn't a talker. The UNC first baseman is exceedingly polite and courteous, as any member of the college baseball media corps will tell you. But they ...

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