The Ballad of Mike Hessman, Minor League Home Run King

We have a tendency to define success by how much money someone has, or by how much attention they command, or, more recently, by how many Twitter followers and Facebook likes they can pile up. Mike Hessman found success—not to mention some glory and honor—by showing up to the ballpark every day for nearly two decades: 2,080 minor league games, 7,484 at-bats, 3,489 total bases. He found it in 2,353 strikeouts.

The Toledo Mud Hens slugger found it last week, too, when he hit his...

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