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Scouring the globe for bullpen help

Let the hilarity ensue. I honestly thought this was a joke at first... "Singh came to the United States with Patel after being declared winner of the Million Dollar Arm contest in India, run by promoter Jeff Bernstein, Barry Bonds' marketing agent. The contest — the second edition is scheduled to begin this month and targets India because of its population of 1.1 billion even though the country has never produced a major leaguer — was based on those who could throw the most pitches 85 mph or faster for strikes. Singh consistently hit 87 mph and earned $100,000. When veteran major league scout Ray Poitevint went to India to see whether he had potential, he also recommended Patel, who threw harder but wasn't as accurate. " So they can throw harder than Byrd. That's a plus. "There will be at least 20 major league teams represented at the workout, Borris says; at least a half-dozen teams, including the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, confirmed to USA TODAY they will attend." And the cherry on top: "Their favorite pitcher is Cliff Lee of the Cleveland Indians." All kidding aside, I have no clue what to actually make of this. It does make for an interesting read.

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