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 Mike Bacsik is attending the Washington Nationals' spring training camp for the second straight year.
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Date published: 2/17/2007

Name: Mike Bacsik

Age: 29

Position: Left-handed starter

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Hometown: Duncanville, Texas

Resume: Bacsik was cut from Nationals' spring training last year and spent most of April without a job. But when the Arizona Diamondbacks called, he jumped for the chance and sparkled at Triple-A Tucson. Bacsik was 11-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 28 games, turning in one of the best years of his career. He's pitched in the majors with the Indians, Mets and Rangers, going 5-5 with a 5.88 ERA in 22 games.

What you might not know about Mike: His father, also named Mike, played parts of five seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers from 1975-80. Also right-handed reliever--Mike Sr. was 8-6 with a 4.43 ERA in 73 games.

A CLOSER LOOK

What's the oddest job you've had in the offseason? I interned at 1310 The Ticket, a sports talk radio station in Dallas, last offseason. I learned a lot about the business and liked the talk show part of it, but not the behind-the-scenes stuff. They kind of ragged on me, and they'd say, hey, 'We've got a former major league player getting us Chipotle.'"

Do you have any hobbies outside of baseball? I collect sports memorabilia. Of my biggest pieces is an autographed lithograph of the Cowboys' greatest quarterbacks, Eddie LeBaron, Don Meredith, Craig Morton, Roger Staubach, Danny White and Troy Aikman.

What's your most cherished possession? My 2001 Bob Feller Minor League Player of the Year Award for the Cleveland Indians.