Orioles rookie Adley Rutschman has a bright future ahead

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It happens some 270 times every day in Major League Baseball: The pitcher records the third out of the inning, and the catcher heads for his dugout. The broadcast cuts away. Fans stream towards the competitions. The moment is so unremarkable even close watchers of the sport probably could not describe the route every catcher takes.


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