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Hardball Civil War: Arkansas Vs. Mississippi

Published by on April 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

I blame the World Baseball Classic.

Ever since the WBC filled my head with notions of baseball as a regional conflict, a geopolitical grudge match in which pride and passion are personified by pitching and power and probably some other words beginning with "P" that I couldn't even wedge into that sentence, my mind has been consumed with thoughts of crafting baseball teams based on place of origin.

Consumed and, thanks to the wonder that is Baseball-Reference.com, which actually lists ballplayers by place of birth, quite busy figuring out exactly how it would work.

If you poke around B-R for any length of time, you'll quickly realize you can't just make one team of Major League-caliber ballplayers per each...

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