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Jeriome Robertson ... will he ever match 2003?

Jeriome Robertson vividly recalls the phone call that changed his life forever.<br><br> He was in Phoenix this past offseason, seemingly without a care in the world.<br><br> He was a 27-year-old left-hander coming off a season with the Houston Astros in which he had gone 15-9. That was the most victories by any Major League Baseball rookie in 2003.<br><br> Then came the phone call that led to numerous twists and turns in his life.<br><br> In the ensuing months:<br>

* The Astros would try to convert him into a relief pitcher; * He was traded to the Indians in a deal near the end of spring training; * He was moved back and forth between Buffalo and Cleveland two times; * He also was shifted back and forth between starting and relieving; * Finally, he was designated for assignment on July 27, meaning any team in baseball could claim him. As of Aug. 2, no one...

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