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Updated: 03/10/2013 08:02:24AM

‘To our town, Andrew is the hometown legend’

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Andrew McCutcheon flips his bat as he talks to some children last February at the Raising the Standards baseball camp in Fort Meade. This year is the fourth year he is holding the camp in Fort Meade.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Andrew McCutchen talks to young baseball players who showed up for his second baseball camp called Raising the Standards. McCutchen and helpers taught throwing, hitting, fielding and more to about 100 children from all over Polk County.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Andrew McCutchen reviews how young minor leaguers throw during the baseball camp in Fort Meade. He taught the students the four-seam hold and the proper form in which to aim toward the chest.

McCutchen stands at the plate during a baseball spring training exhibition game against the Atlanta Braves, Feb. 24 in Orlando.

By ROB BIERTEMPFEL

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BRADENTON — Andrew McCutchen was hanging out at home one afternoon with one of his cousins when a friend they knew from high school called. McCutchen wanted to say hi, so his cousin passed him the phone.

McCutchen wanted to shoot the breeze about the old days, but the conversation took an unexpected turn.

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