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    The medical part is actually one of the best...

    The medical part is actually one of the best arguments FOR declaration. The NFL and NBA combines are paid for by teams for players who have declared for the draft, and any medical testing that an...
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    Those players are then allowed representation...

    Those players are then allowed representation before the draft so anything that does happen with them is covered by an agent and the union. For years and years before putting in the rule about...
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    Once again, that's two years out. Let's revisit...

    Once again, that's two years out. Let's revisit these emboldened statements in 4-7 years when we can see more clearly the fruits of the draft.
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    We'll agree to disagree. Without Correa, there...

    We'll agree to disagree. Without Correa, there wouldn't have been McCullers or Ruiz. The whole package of that draft to get a legit top 5 prospect in all of the game two years out along with two...
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    They can put in a rule to require a declaration...

    They can put in a rule to require a declaration before the draft that would then protect those players.
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    I do not agree with this take. Correia, even...

    I do not agree with this take. Correia, even with the injury, was ranked the #2 prospect in all of baseball by John Sickels (ahead of Buxton). Before his injury, there was a lot of rumble about...
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    Yes, until they've officially signed a contract,...

    Yes, until they've officially signed a contract, the person is simply an adviser except for college seniors who have no more eligibility. In the NFL, an agent is allowed to act as an agent without a...
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    Thanks to the way baseball has antitrust...

    Thanks to the way baseball has antitrust exemption, this is not an issue that can hit the courts. It could go to arbitration, but the players do not qualify for arbitration due to the MLBPA...
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    Best I've ever seen (and no homerism involved)...

    Best I've ever seen (and no homerism involved) was the Braves/Padres one in 1984:

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v5955859/mlbcom-looks-back-at-the-padresbraves-beanbrawl
  10. I miss the old school derby, the one they've...

    I miss the old school derby, the one they've shown many times over on ESPN classic. Mays vs. Aaron one on one. Killebrew vs. Mantle, mano y mano. Those were awesome!
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    Those sorts of guys tend to get to be the sort of...

    Those sorts of guys tend to get to be the sort of signing that gets a lot of panning, however. The Braves got a lot of grief from team fans because of letting Ernesto Mejia go to Japan without...
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    But stating that Kubel had limited or no upside...

    But stating that Kubel had limited or no upside is incorrect as well, even if he wasn't a "prospect". He hit 30 home runs while having to play the field in 2012.

    Pelfrey the first go-round was a...
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    I'd take Santana pretty high up there. It all...

    I'd take Santana pretty high up there. It all still counts, but he has been left out there to take some abuse and eat innings by the Braves this year when their bullpen was tired, so his ERA has...
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    I think you're misremembering Correia, though. ...

    I think you're misremembering Correia, though. He was very highly thought of after his 2003 season where he jumped to AAA and put up a 23/2 K/BB rate in 19 innings of AAA ball in the PCL just one...
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    That said, the login page to the entire system...

    That said, the login page to the entire system has been put around the internet recently to a number of people, so it wasn't exactly "secure" from outside entry, either.
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    Marcus Stroman has to feel very valued by his org...

    Marcus Stroman has to feel very valued by his org right now to hear that he was shopped heavily both at the trade deadline and in the offseason as a chip in a direct or three-way trade.
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    Little later, but Eli Wallach dead at 98. I had...

    Little later, but Eli Wallach dead at 98. I had him a couple years back, I believe, but not this year :(
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    Baseball isn't your everyday union for sure. ...

    Baseball isn't your everyday union for sure. Basically, to give in on tobacco, the union expects concessions from the owners, much like salary cap and revenue sharing had to get by the union with...
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    There are actually provisions against showing it...

    There are actually provisions against showing it on television at the MLB level, and containers are not to be visible in the dugout for players. The minor leagues have it "banned", but it's not...
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    As a Braves fan, I will tell you that multiple...

    As a Braves fan, I will tell you that multiple times in the last 5 years, the team has attempted to revive previous logos that included a Native American in war paint or such things. All were taken...
  21. I'd disagree on McCutchen, Freeman, and Yelich,...

    I'd disagree on McCutchen, Freeman, and Yelich, but it's all on a matter of what a home run hitter is considered. In 1988, a home run hitter was someone who hit 30+, and I believe McCutchen is a...
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    Their high picks are also not exactly doing...

    Their high picks are also not exactly doing swimmingly, though.

    They have had 19 first round picks since 2008 (including 7 supplementals in 2011 alone!). 7 of those 19 were college players. ...
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    This is one thing, all homerism aside, that I...

    This is one thing, all homerism aside, that I admire about the Braves and Cardinals. Both have been in the latter half of the first round for the better part of two decades, yet they continue to...
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    In all seriousness, the Rays do get a lot of...

    In all seriousness, the Rays do get a lot of credit that isn't earned as far as prospecting is concerned. The Rays have been terrible drafters since 2008. In a story I did last season, they were...
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    The only Baseball Tonight to watch is the...

    The only Baseball Tonight to watch is the Thursday night edition, which they consider the "nerd edition", otherwise it is horrid.
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