Identifying more young players who could cash in
As best we can tell, no up-and-coming 23-year-old star has signed a seven-year contract in the past 12 minutes.
|YOUNG AND RICH|
|• Long-term contracts given to young players in 2008. Terms include guaranteed money|
|6 years, $70M|
|3 years, $8.75M|
|8 years, $45M|
|3 years, $28.5M|
|6 years, $17.5M|
|5 years, $28M|
|7 years, $69.8M|
|8 years, $153.3M|
|4 years, $15M|
|4 years, $8.025M|
|6 years, $31M|
Ready to rumble• Let's go to the videotape: Major League Baseball isn't ready to make any announcements. But it looks as if it's ready to begin experimenting with instant replay in the Arizona Fall League. That could be followed by similar trials next year during the World Baseball Classic and maybe spring training. If all goes well, it's possible, though far from definite, that we could see replay used to decide home run calls as early as next season. What still needs to be figured out is whether baseball would position a couple of replay "umpires" to review plays from the MLB office in New York, or add an extra umpire or replay official in every ballpark. At any rate, for the first time in our lifetimes, the implementation of replay finally looks more likely than unlikely. If you're keeping score, the NFL beat MLB to the video machines by only 23 years.
B.J. and Justin Upton are the first brothers in history who can say they each hit a home run in the big leagues as a teenager. But five other sets of active brothers all hit homers before age 24. How many can you name? (Answer later.)
Rumblings' scouting bureauOnce again this week, the best scouts in the business give us snapshot views of what they've been watching: • Miguel Tejada: "I'll tell you what. Miguel Tejada's a winner. He's not just swinging the bat. He's playing defense better than a lot of guys who are supposed to be better defenders than him. He loves to play, and it shows. He's a winner."
Headliner of the weekFrom a recent edition of the relentlessly brilliant parody site/mag, The Onion: Nomar Garciaparra Tells Wife To Meet Him On Disabled List At 8 p.m. Jayson Stark is a senior writer for ESPN.com. His book, "The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players in Baseball History," was published by Triumph Books and is available in bookstores. Click here to order a copy.
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