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08:10 AM ET 02.11 | Again, an athlete is in trouble with guns. The latest involves Red Sox outfield prospect Bryce Brentz, who shot himself in the left leg while cleaning his gun, or so the story goes. Brentz said he was cleaning his handgun at his Tennessee home Jan. 17 and it went off. He caught a bullet in the leg. It could have been worse. He is expected to recover fully. Brentz said he has been jogging and hitting for the past two weeks. "It's a minor setback, really," Brentz said. "I plan on being in camp Monday ready to go." Guns, hunting, guns, hunting. All winter long, you see baseball players tweeting about their hunting exploits. If only teams could put clauses in contracts about hunting, because nothing good comes of it.

The Boston Globe

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February 11, 2013  08:24 AM ET
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In the old days, a lot of ballplayers used to stay in shape in the offseason by tramping around in the woods hunting. You can probably find as many photos of Babe Ruth with a gun in his hands as a bat.Actually, this story says the guy was cleaning his gun, not hunting...do you think there's a chance teams could ban players from owning guns?(I hope we don't go down the "I hate Obama" road here)

Why not?

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February 11, 2013  08:29 AM ET

"Hunting" with a handgun.

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February 11, 2013  08:33 AM ET
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Because it's been done to death.Good Monday morning clem!

I guess I didn't press the rhetorical button hard enough.

And good morning to you too Kitty!

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February 11, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Red Sox prospect shoots himself in the leg

It looks like Farrell got a kick out of this story.

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February 11, 2013  08:51 AM ET

No one thinks this guy should not be allowed to own a gun if he can't make sure it is empty before cleaning it?
And if that is not the true story then what is?
However, if a person cannot handle a loaded gun then maybe that person should not have the damn thing to begin with. No?

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February 11, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Damn, Truth beat me to making the point about laoded weapons!!!!!!!!!!!

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