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(2002)

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6/10
"Some pop in that bat"
bkoganbing12 January 2018
This episode truly shows the corruption that can set into sports, even youth sports. The only really innocent ones are the kids and they won't stay innocent in this day and age. Where are the Chip Hiltons of today?

Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin catch a case of a former detective now turned PI found shot to death in an abandoned apartment in Washington Heights. They actually spend a lot of time running down a false lead from one of the deceased's cases. However indirectly that investigation does send them in the right direction.

Which is concerning a youth baseball league where entrepreneur Larry Joshua could be seeing his empire collapse. Another rival league hired the deceased to investigate ringers and they find one in young Orlando J. Torres who is 14 and not 12 and using his cousin's ID. Joshua brought him and his father from Honduras because of the kid's talent. All Joshua needs to do is discover a potential Alex Rodriguez and he has it made.

I won't go into the details but Joshua is not the actual shooter. But Sam Waterston and Elisabeth Rohm feel there's culpability there and try him. He's a slick article pretending to be the savior of inner city youth.

The deceased was a man doing his job. But I really did like the way Jesse Martin put down the head of that other league when he sanctimoniously talks about cheating. These kids from Harrison, New York are shall we say more insulated.
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8/10
He dangled the carrot of the American Dream in front of them
CeccacciPaolo197717 November 2017
Two workers lost their eyes over a charming bystander, broken the first floor window as a result with a ladder. Luckily for them the apartment, placed on a shanty building, was vacant, but inside there was a body shot dead. The victim was a private investigator, so Briscoe and Green dug inside the man's cases. He followed up classical cases involving wives against cheating husbands and one of them lead the detectives to the building where the crime scene is located. Anyway the right case was different: the private eye was hired to investigate inside the youth baseball league, where a Honduran boy (Orlando J. Torres) looked a lot older than his peers. He might have changed ID with his cousin and the local coach, who used to look for new talents all over the world, might have staged everything. It's up to McCoy to convict the conman who pulled the strings.

Third world fake identities in sport is a matter very popular even in Europe. There was a case in my Country involving a football player named Joseph Minala from Cameroon who played in the youth league even though he looked 30 years old at least (he declared eighteen at the time).
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