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Baseball America: Pro-style setup makes Northwoods unique

Brian Hernandez repeats himself for a third time, struggling to make himself heard above the roar of the team bus and the steady buzz of low-reception cell phone static. It quickly becomes clear that an interview will be impossible to conduct in such conditions.

Such is the life of a professional baseball player — long bus trips and overnight stays for the opportunity to play in top-notch ballparks in front of thousands of fans.

Only, the thing is, Hernandez is not a professional player — he’s just finished his sophomore season at JC of the Canyons (Calif.). Now, he’s getting the closest possible experience to pro ball in what has quickly become the most successful summer collegiate baseball league: the Northwoods League.

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Mike Ehrlich is a Producer at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. He spent three years as the college basketball video producer for ESPN.com, and he now produces enterprise and feature stories across all sports.

He has a bachelor's degree in multimedia journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with distinction in 2010. While there, he worked on award-winning projects during a News 21 fellowship and on project trips to the Galapagos Islands and Asheville, N.C. He also covered sports, including a national championship basketball team, for the Daily Tar Heel. Mike grew up outside of Philadelphia.