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Dave Shotkoski wasn't kidding himself. He had already done his time in the minor leagues and knew major league pitching wasn't in the cards.

But even with a wife, newborn daughter and job in Illinois, the chance to play major league baseball, even if just for a few weeks, wasn't one the 30-year-old could pass up.

So he signed on as an Atlanta Braves replacement player during the major league strike.

All of that ended during spring training when he was gunned down on sidewalk in West Palm Beach, Fla., on March 24, 1995.

Now, just days past the 17-year anniversary of Shotkoski's death, his killer is a free man. Neal Evans, 47, was released Tuesday from a Florida prison after serving 17 years of a 27-year sentence, according to the state's Department of Corrections.

Who had forgotten how Glavine and Smoltz had set up a trust fund for Shotkoski's daughter...
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