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BTW- I graduate from high school in January of next year
And yes, MLB teams still hold open tryouts.
-edit- OK, I just looked it up. Jones was able to sign at 16 because he is foreign born…foreign born players can sign at 16. Domestic players have to be 18.
The next question I have is this: Give me a summary of baseball’s culture. For example, name the historically bad teams (like the Clippers of basketball, or the Lions of football). Also, which league is better, historically? The NL or AL (kind of like how the Western Conference in the NBA has been far better in the East the past ten years)?
Also, who are the top 10 players in the MLB, as of now? Not just for the season, though. Over the past five or six years.
Historically the American League has a slight lead over the National League in All Star Games. Each league had periods of long 8, 10 sometimes 13 game winning streaks. The Senior Circuit (AL) has the edge for hitters as it uses the DH and normally American League hitters have higher averages, home run numbers and the teams normally score more runs. The NL known for its pitcher batting normally produces pitchers with better ERAS because of only having to deal with 8 as opposed to 9 hitters and the pitcher who is normally easier to pitch to. The American League teams although some teams have switched leagues and divisions have more world series. The American League also has the edge in interleague play which is somewhat new to the game. That is something you can write about when talking about the culture. Why does the American League consistently beat the NL. Is it because of the DH or is it something else. Unlike divisions in the NBA or NFL- the AL and NL are two speperate lleagues that play the same sport and come together in the world series. Its curious why the two leagues are so different and definitely a good topic to write about.
Top ten players now.. Its up in the air. This is pretty opinionated unless you look at stats. Albert Pujols is the best all around pllayer in baseball.
1- Albert Pujols
2- chase Utley
3- alex rodriguez
ss- Derek Jeter
p- Lincecum, Halladay, Sabathia, Lee, Carpenter
c- joe mauer
of-Torii Hunter, Ryan Braun, Carlos Beltran.