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How do the Red Sox, Yankees and other teams fare against good pitching?
Here's an excellent look...
And just cause, here's my favorite low budget music video of all time:
Jeez... I believe college is important, but basically to increase income potential. Invested wisely, an 18 year old should be set for life on $4m, no? That's a pretty easy $300k/yr without touching the principal. A lot of jobs pay better then that? And that's BEFORE throwing a single pitch.
I hope this kid's arm holds up. maybe I'm jaded (or broke), but that seems like a aweful lot of money to turn down.
And hey... pitching for the Yankee organization is not exactly something to be embarrassed about.
I personally don't want him, but with Melky's failure and Abreu's decline, Manny might be on Cashman's radar.
more importantly, i hope mgmt doesn't panic and give Texeiera 200million..
Come to think of it, I'm glad I never had to make that choice.
Re: Manny, if I had to guess, he'll come to NY alright, but with the Mets. Just looking Cot's Contracts over quickly, the Mets have ~$30M coming off the books this winter (after including increases for Wright, Reyes, etc). And with Alou finished, and Delgado probably gone, they are going to need a LF who is a big bat. Its also more buzz for them, viz a viz the Yanks.
Forget about money, maybe he wants to learn a thing or two, become a somewhat well rounded human being, have more to say than:
"I think it was a fastball, we're gonna take it one game at a time."
Baseball isn't a sure thing, and even at best by the time he's 35 or 40 he's got a life to live with no baseball.
Is money they only thing that should motivate people's decisions?
OYF I'm not trying to break your balls on this, I've seen lots of other posters around the web expressing shock that the kid would turn down Yankee money to go to college, but I wonder if it's just a frustrated reaction to being "spurned."
Not all 18-year-olds are ready for careers. Maybe he wants an education, maybe he's not ready to be relocated to Greensboro so he can ride buses around the Sally League - hell, maybe, just maybe, he's not even sure if he wants to be a baseball player.
If you really believe that the only purpose of education is to increase your earning power, then I suppose this decision would be inexplicable. Many of us would disagree vehemently with the premise.
Either way, best of luck to Mr. Cole. If he's happy with his decision, I see no point in disagreeing with him.
Had it been me, I would've taken the $$ and the contract and attended classes during the offseasons.
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