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Originally, i started doing this because I became engrossed researching prospects for a fantasy baseball league. Back then all I really wanted to do was answer questions about baseball prospects. Funny how time flies but fifteen years later I have been asked questions regarding the negro leagues, what minor leaguers get paid, why players don't rub their injury when they get hurt, and how players can tryout for the minor leagues to name only a few. I was recently in correspondence with a father of a marine who lost several fingers while in Iraq; he was later drafted by the Padres and is playing in their minor league system. Additionally, I get a lot of questions from guys asking me if i think they can be successful at these tryouts or if they should tryout at all. I do my best to answer every one's question without overstepping my bounds of knowledge. *sometimes i have to tell people that I just can't answer their question.* And sometimes I have to tell people that they just aren't good enough to be a professional ball player.* Most recently i have received two negative feedbacks from people who didn't like my response. one 30 year old guy who hadn't played since he was a teenager asked me if he really had a shot at making the tryouts. realistically, i said no. i guess he didn't appreciate my bluntness but that was the truth. I am not really an 'expert' in anything. I just answer people's inquires, give some conservative, advise or tell them 'I don't know.' After fifteen years I have realized that i do fulfill most questions satisfactorily which keeps me doing this.


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I hope to continue to improve on scouting talent through in depth research. What makes a minor leaguer into a super star. how to separate them from "can't miss prospects" who turn out to be overrated.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

TRYOUTS conducted by MLB are FREE and you only need to be 15 years old and a citizen of the USA. Below is the link to last year's tryout schedule throughout the country. It's updated beginning in late winter through the spring. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/official_info/about_mlb/tryout_club.jsp

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Every one wants to know how to tryout for the majors or for a minor league club. see above *****

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2016-08-30 For love of the game:

Kiko,   you are definitely not too old. i wouldn't expect to be roaming CF at Yankee Stadium in 2017 but definitely go for it!   Question #2: in combination of your age and skill level and lay of recent

2016-07-12 Baseball:

Hunter,   I couldn't and shouldn't really answer you without knowing how good you are. Do you have a shot? Sure, if you have the talent. Being the best kid on your team doesnt mean you're good enough to

2015-08-16 24 year old infielder:

chris,     of course you can 'advance into baseball' at your age but if you think you can play or a major league team then that's very highly unlikely. there are plenty of guys who play in the minor leagues

2015-05-02 EDITTED: Pro baseball ambitions:

Everett,     First of all, there are so many factors that go into playing pro ball. just to say that you'll play in the minors because you throw 93-94, hypothetically is naive. there's a kid, Kolek who

2015-03-16 Tryout:

Jon,   Thanks for the question. You aren;t going to get a professional scout to come look at you just for asking. You really have two choices. (You could go to a MLB tryout; you can find their schedule


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