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Old 08-12-2013, 10:00 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Miguel Tejada admitted that he lied about his age, mostly to have a better chance of reaching MLB. I can see how age can make a big difference if a young foreign player has average to slightly above average skills. A 17-year-old dude who hits as well as a 19-year-old dude is probably going to get the call over the 19-year-old. Here's the thing though: Miguel Tejada was not an average or an above average player. He was a phenom who WON THE MVP AWARD in the states. If the scouts really wouldn't have chosen him solely based on his age, that would've been a boner on the levels of Decca rejecting The Beatles. It's kinda unfair that the scouts would favor younger, underdeveloped players over older, better players. I wonder how many potential MVP winners got stuck in DR only because they were older than the scouts would like

Another thing that's kinda bad is that there's a saying in DR "You don't walk your way off the island". I'm pretty sure that's not a good way of teaching baseball players plate discipline. Maybe this is why Robinson Cano, Alfonso Soriano, Adrian Beltre, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and other players from DR had such poor discipline first few years in the majors
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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I think the game is way too micro managed now.

There was a thread on here about why modern pitchers are so weak. They can barely get 4 cg's or 230 innings pitched. How did Nolan Ryan throw his 6th and 7th no hitters when he was in 40's 20 years ago? I don't think pitching changes so much in 20 years. The Braves had a wonderful staff then of....Maddux, Avery, Smoltz, Glavine. How do you go from that.....to guys now, who can hardly throw 100 pitches?? It doesn't make any sense.

I think the money has exploded so much, it stifles raw talent. They need to "protect" their investment.
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