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Posted 12/11/11 at 11:30 AM

Shut it down in honor of Derek Bell's 43rd birthday

Derek Bell hit .173 for the Pirates in 2001, so it was no surprise that he had to battle for a spot during Spring Training '02.

Bell was surprised.

So surprised that he said, "If it is [a competition], then I'm going into 'Operation Shutdown.'"

At the end of March, Bell was released and never played in the bigs again. The Bucs wound up paying him $4.5 million not to play for them, and Bell relocated to his yacht.

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