Never having been one of those people who falls asleep to ESPN's SportsCenter, your Field Correspondent has only paid sporadic attention to the Worldwide Leader in sports. As a result, the authors went into a recent visit to ESPNDallas.com with some expectations. Just like on the Web site, you also can get as much or as little content as you like. With your favorite MLB team, you may be turning down the amount of content come about May 1.
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