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Fan Who Gave Back Ball from Derek Jeter’s 3,000th Hit Could Face Between $5,000 and $13,000 in Taxes

When Christian Lopez caught the home run that was Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit last week, he gave the historic ball to the Yankee's shortstop without asking for any money, even though it may have fetched over $100,000 on the open market.

The taxman isn't being so generous with Lopez.

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Company for Derek Jeter? Here Are Five Players With a Shot At 3,000 Hits

So, who's next?

When Derek Jeter became just the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to collect 3,000 hits Saturday, he cemented a legacy already encased in stone. For the New York Yankees captain, his resume had already passed inspection by baseball's Hall of Fame.

Now that he's crashed the 3,000-hit party, we can focus our attention on who might one day join this fraternity. It's an achievement within arm's length of several big league bats. The question remains, however -- is time on their side?

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Derek Jeter Scores 3000th Hit, Fan Returns Ball [VIDEO]

Playing in front of a sold-out hometown crowd on Saturday, Derek Jeter sent his record-setting 3,000th hit deep into left-field, making him the 28th major leaguer and first New York Yankees player to reach the hitting milestone.

And who caught the potentially money-making ball? Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old fan whose girlfriend gave him tickets to the game as a birthday present.

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Nationals Super Prospect Bryce Harper Called Up to Double-A

The slow and steady rise of Bryce Harper is gaining speed.

The highly-touted number one overall pick of the Washington Nationals in last year’s draft was called up to Double-A Monday where he made an immediate splash by going 2-for-3 for the Harrisburg Senators.

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Devoted Baseball Dad Quits Job To See Son Play In College World Series

Some dads teach you to ride a bike. Some help you with your homework. And then there are dads who quit their jobs to watch you play baseball.

David Roth did just that. His son, Michael, is a pitcher for the South Carolina Gamecocks, which won the 2010 College World Series — and David wasn’t there to see it. He vowed that wouldn’t happen again.

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Jack McKeon Named Florida Marlins Interim Manager

What’s old is new again for the Florida Marlins.

Jack McKeon, 80, was named the team’s interim manager Monday. McKeon came out of retirement to lead the Marlins to a World Series title in 2003 after he took over the squad in May of that season. McKeon was rewarded for his efforts by winning National League Manager of the Year honors. He stayed on as skipper until he retired at the age of 74, in 2005.

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Baseball Fan Rips Foul Ball From Hands of Woman [VIDEO]

After retrieving a foul ball that had been hit into the dugout, Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Melvin Mora flipped the ball into the front row of the stands.

His toss was intended for a young blond woman, who had the kind of look that would encourage a guy to give a girl a baseball.

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Awkward: Basketball Star John Wall Botches First Pitch at Nationals Game [VIDEO]

As millions learned Friday, there’s a reason John Wall plays basketball and not baseball.

The Washington Wizards point guard had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Friday’s game between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.

Unfortunately, his skills on the field weren’t nearly as good as they are on the court, resulting in one of the more awkward first-pitch moments in recent memory.

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What Teams Are Most Desperate To Win Their First Championships?

You never forget your first love and you can bet you never forget your first title.

The Dallas Mavericks, in business since 1980, have claimed their first NBA title in franchise history by knocking off the vaunted Miami Heat. The Vancouver Canucks, who’ve been in the NHL since 1970, came oh-so-close to  hoisting the Stan

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Major League Baseball Mulling Realignment

What's old could become new again for Major League Baseball.

Sources say Major League Baseball and the players' association have talked about realigning both the National League and the American League.

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Philadelphia Baseball Fans React to Announcement of Death of Osama bin Laden

It was the 9th inning of Sunday night's Phillies/Mets game when the news broke that President Obama was set to make the announcement that US Special Forces had succeeded in the mission to find and kill 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden

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Major League Baseball’s Dream Job Contest Winner

Think you have an awesome job, prepare to hate it. Baseball fan Mike O'Hara has won Major League Baseball's Dream Job contest, which means he'll live the entire 2011 baseball season in the MLB Fan Cave.

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