The Natural is the story of Roy Hobbs, a young baseball player whose promising career is derailed by a sudden shooting. The shooter, a mysterious woman, sends Hobbs careering out of control as he struggles to define himself outside the context of baseball and simultaneously strives to reenter the field of competitive play. In the end Hobbs is able to return to the game, but his career is short-lived and he soon becomes corrupt and finds himself ejected and stricken from all records.

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