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I agree! Even though I only read about 10 words on this post.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 8, 2007 10:57 AM

Right as rain.

The idea that there could be a Mel Kiper-equivalent for the dozens of rounds of baseball draft selections is almost too frightening to contemplate.

Posted by N in Seattle | June 8, 2007 11:02 AM

The reason that the MLB draft is so long is because baseball has to stock its own minor league system, while football and basketball have hundreds of alleged "universities" do it for them.

Posted by Fnarf | June 8, 2007 11:10 AM

Whatevs. Aumont was a good pick with a fun name.

Posted by frederick r | June 8, 2007 11:17 AM

Haha, I read about ten words too. Thanks for bolding the important parts... Here's something I've never really understood: why are the kids on the draft deemed more stable and more likely not to have a nervous breakdown than normal 18 year olds? How can they possibly be worth so much money and so much buzz when they could completely flip out at any moment? Maybe talented athletes are just super-human.

Posted by Katelyn | June 8, 2007 11:20 AM

LOL. Yep, that's why I bolded the key points. Hit the bullet points, and anyone who wants to read the rest can.

And yeah, I get pretty long winded.

Posted by Gomez | June 8, 2007 11:22 AM

I have to agree with you the Draft was long and the pool is way to large. The draft makes people feel connected with who their team picks. Do you think it was good for the MLB to put the draft on t.v.?

Posted by Laurie Comaid | June 8, 2007 11:24 AM

Aumont may be a great pick indeed. But as I mentioned in the comments to Fnarf's Morning News, and as better analysts than I have demonstrated repeatedly, TNSTAAPP.

Posted by N in Seattle | June 8, 2007 11:26 AM

And listening to Aumont speak on the radio this morning and hearing what I'd call his stereotypical Frenchy-ass accent, I can still nonetheless credit his country of origin with having two official languages.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | June 8, 2007 11:34 AM

i have no idea about baseball, but i know that dante's inferno had 9 circles of hell...

Posted by Cook | June 8, 2007 12:13 PM

Sez Cook:

i have no idea about baseball, but i know that dante's inferno had 9 circles of hell...
OK, but if God and Satan haven't reached a decision on the fate of your immortal soul, do they go into extra innings?

Let's play two!

Posted by N in Seattle | June 8, 2007 2:17 PM

7. I think the big killer, of all the problems I listed, was the mandatory 5 minutes between picks. The interviews also backfired: most of these kids aren't very well versed in public speaking and there wasn't much the interviewers could do to coax answers out of kids who honestly had no idea who was going to pick them.

And that's another factor: unlike the other drafts, it's almost impossible to project what team these kids will go to. And then given the minor leagues' many levels, there's no way the kid, on the spot, will have any idea how he fits into the team's plans. An on-the-spot interview doesn't work for that reason.

But as it stands... it's not a draft that lends itself to TV well. The top picks lack the notoriety of the top picks in other sports.

Posted by Gomez | June 8, 2007 5:23 PM

11: no, they go to penalty kicks.

Posted by Fnarf | June 8, 2007 8:49 PM

Plus, we're only talking about amateurs from the US and Canada. All of the Latin American kids (think Felix, Edgar, our entire current infield minus Sexson) and Asian stars (Kaz, Ichiro, our catcher, and who is that guy in Boston) aren't even considered in this draft.

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