02/25/2013 08:44 am ET

The Rise And Fall Of A-Rod

With Alex Rodriguez … Baird could see no weaknesses. The kid was perfect.

This is what rattled Allard Baird. He kept going back, again and again, to Westminster Christian High School in Miami to see the kid play. He must have watched Rodriguez 25 or 30 times — at games, at practices, at special batting sessions for the scouts. Scouts generally measure five tools, of course: Speed, defense, arm strength, hitting and hitting for power. Rodriguez had them all. He

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