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No LeBron's in hardball

While some have flourished going right from high school to the NBA, don't expect to ever see it in baseball.

Originally Published: February 5, 2004
By Alan Schwarz | Special to ESPN.com

Brien Taylor and I were walking down the halls of East Carteret High School in May 1991 when he told me his career plans.

"I want to be like one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived," he said.

He was not delusional. A few weeks later, Taylor and his 98-mph fastball were picked No. 1 overall in the amateur draft by the Yankees. The North Carolina phenom got showered with an unheard-of $1.55 million signing bonus and immediately got sucked up in a whirlwind of hype that fitted ...

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