Paper chase

What's the secret to Russ Ortiz's success? Check his files.

Updated: August 8, 2003, 2:43 PM ET
By Ryan Hockensmith | ESPN The Magazine
When Russ Ortiz was traded from the Giants to the Braves last December, he made sure to pack his comprehensive file on NL hitters. "Well, I wouldn't exactly call it a file," Ortiz says. "It's just a pile of paper stuffed into a folder. But, hey, it works."


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