Young Slugger Burgess Powers Way Through SAL

Michael Burgess began playing tee-ball, at the urging of his grandfather, in his native Tampa when he was about five. He grew up watching games at nearby Hillsborough High, a school that has produced major leaguers such as Dwight Gooden, Gary Sheffield, Carl Everett and Elijah Dukes. And now the barrel-chested Burgess, 19, is trying to join Dukes as the Nationals' second Hillsborough alumnus.

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