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The Chicago Bandits captured the National Pro Fastpitch Championship. And the Bandits center fielder Caitlin Lever, third baseman Amber Patton and shortstop Tammy Williams celebrate the victory with an in-studio visit! Plus - former MLB Manager Jim Fregosi and MLB Hall of Fame Executive Roland Hemond
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Sports & Torts: Jim Fregosi
The former Philles & Angels is working as a scout for the Braves, and has nothing but praise for the organization. He doesnít think too much about moneyball though. Because guys who know the game donít need it.
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Sports & Torts: The NFP Champion Bandits
Caitlin Lever, Amber Patton & Tammy Williams from the Chicago Bandits join the guys in studio to talk about their championship victory, and what itís going to take to bring their league to the next level.
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Sports & Torts: Roland Hemond
Roland became the second person to receive the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award from the baseball hall of fame earlier this summer, and it was a well-deserved honor. Heís spent over sixty years working in baseball, and he shares some of his career highlights in this interview.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Caitlin Lever
Caitlin Lever is an outfielder who bats left and throws right. She played for Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 2007. In her final year, she set team records for hits and on base percentage. After graduation, she signed with the Chicago Bandits of National Pro Fastpitch. In her youth, she played ice hockey. She currently resides in Buffalo, New York. Her father is former NHL player Don Lever. Her uncle another former NHLer, Rick Ley. She was born in Morristown, New Jersey when her father was a member of the New Jersey Devils.

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Amber Patton
A two-time Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American, Patton completed her senior season with the Blue Demons in 2009 with a school-record .497 batting average which topped the BIG EAST Conference and was second in the nation. A four-year letterwinner at third base, she holds DePaul's career records in assists (556) and sacrifice hits (58) and the single-season marks in hits (87), batting average, games started (69), games played (69) and at bats (216). Patton earned all-BIG EAST honors all four years, as a first team selection in 2008 and 2009 after being named to the second team in 2006 and 2007. In addition to her collegiate career, Patton has competed on the professional and international levels. The native of Forsyth, Ill. played for the Chicago Bandits this past summer and competed for USA Softball in the Japan Cup, becoming the only DePaul softball player to compete for USA Softball. The Amateur Softball Association named Patton an alternate to the 2010 USA Softball Women's National Team in January 2010. Patton also excelled in the classroom. She was a Lowe's Senior Class first team All-American, a second team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American, a two-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection and was named to DePaul's Dean's List and to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in all eligible quarters. She graduated from DePaul in November 2009 with a bachelor's degree in marketing with a concentration in sales.

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Tammy Williams
Williams attended Northwestern University, majoring in human development and psychological services with a minor in business institutions. She started every game at shortstop during her four-year career with the Wildcats. Following the 2006 season, She was named first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and was named to Women's College World Series All-Tournament team.She won back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year awards following the 2008and 2009 seasons, and was named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award following the 2009 season.Williams was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league. Following a rookie season in which she posted a .340 batting average, six home runs, 20 RBIs, 20 runs and a .557 slugging percentage, Williams was named Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. On July 21, 2009, Williams was named an Assistant Coach on the Northern Illinois softball coaching staff. On January 11, 2010, she was named to the 2010 USA women's national softball team.

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Jim Fregosi
During an 18-year baseball career, he played from 1961- 1978 for four different teams, primarily the Los Angeles and California Angels. In that franchise's first eleven years of play, he became its first star as the team's most productive and popular player. He led the American League (AL) in double plays twice, winning the 1967 Gold Glove Award, and upon leaving the team ranked ninth in AL history with 818 double plays. He holds the franchise record with 70 career triples; several of his other team records, including career games (1,429), hits (1,408), doubles (219), runs (691) and runs batted in (546), were broken by Brian Downing between 1986 and 1989.Fregosi was the last player to retire who was a member of the "original" Los Angeles Angels. He returned to the team as manager, guiding it to its first-ever postseason appearance in 1979, and later managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant. Fregosi's number "11" was retired by the Angels in 1998. He is currently the top advance scout for the Atlanta Braves

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Roland Hemond
Roland is a longtime executive in Major League Baseball who in 2007 returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks as Special Assistant to the President, Derrick Hall. His previous positions include: Scouting Director of the California Angels (1961-1970), General Manager of the Chicago White Sox (1970-85), Baltimore Orioles (1988-95), Senior Executive Vice President of the Arizona Diamondbacks (1996-2000), and Executive Advisor to the General Manager of the White Sox (2001-2007). Hemond is a three-time winner of Major League Baseball's "Executive of the Year" award (1972, 1983, 1989). He is also credited with the original idea for the Arizona Fall League, an off-season developmental league owned and operated by Major League Baseball, featuring the top prospects from each of the MLB teams, with all games played in the spring training stadiums in and around Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the President of the Association of Professional Baseball Players of America (APBPA). This non-profit based in Southern California provides anonymous financial assistance and college scholarships to current and former players, scouts, and others connected with any level of professional organized baseball. During the 2006 World Series, four of Hemond's associates took part as the general managers and managers of the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. Walt Jocketty, the Cardinals GM, had served as the GM of the White Sox triple A affiliate, the Iowa Oaks. Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa was the White Sox field manager, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland was his third base coach. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski was the White Sox assistant general manager.Hemond has a World Series ring from his time served as the assistant scouting director of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves.In February 2011, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Hemond would become the second person to receive the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing "the profound impact he has had on the game, for his baseball intelligence as a keen talent evaluator and in building winning teams, to the universal respect he has earned for mentoring generations of baseball executives, past and present."