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Ernesto Mejia remembers the bus rides. Those long trips to games in rookie ball, Single-A and a notch up the ladder in Double-A. Some of those rides could last for seven, eight, nine hours.

Mejia said that in the Texas League — he played for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the Kansas Royals’ Double-A affiliate, in 2010 — he took a road trip that lasted 15 hours. “They were special buses with beds, but (the trip) was still long,” Mejia said.

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