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Enter the New Big Bat

When you think of big hitters in the Midwest League, names such as West Michigan's Chris Carlson, Clinton's Ian Gac and Dayton's Brandon Waring come to mind. Why not? They're over six feet tall and are built like football players. The only difference is they're holding a piece of lumber waiting to knock some cowhide as far as they possibly can.

Enter Roger Tomas, former Miami Hurricane and 2007 non-drafted free agent of the Detroit Tigers. Before becoming a lineup regular for the Whitecaps, the switch hitter was easily seen leaping over baselines superstitiously not to touch any for fear of bad luck. Nobody likes slumps, anyway. Either this common baseball ritual worked or he is just that good, but it wasn't long after opening day...

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