Found May 11, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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MINNEAPOLIS Reggie Deal can tell a lot about baseball by simply listening.As he stood near the batting cage at Target Field prior to Friday's game between the Twins and Blue Jays, Deal could hear how the baseball came off the bat of Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe."The way the ball sounds off the bat, if you're close enough to the plate, sometimes it'll give you an indication if it's a slice like that," Deal said as Plouffe curved one foul down the right field line. "Or if it's real hard hit."Most baseball fans might not pick up on such subtleties, but Reggie Deal is not like most baseball fans. Deal, 39, has been blind since he was a baby. Born prematurely, he was placed in incubator. But an overexposure to oxygen in the incubator caused his retinas to detach from his eyes.Deal hasn't been able to see since then, but that hasn't stopped him from enjoying the fine details of a baseball game. As a matter of fact, Deal is in the middle ...
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