Ballplayer: Pelotero Reviews
I'm sure lying about age is a problem, but it seems like a ridiculous problem to begin with. In the US, kids can sign out of high school, around the age of 18. I would venture to say they have to be 18. And they can get millions. Starling got like seven million right out of high school. But rules are different outside of the borders where the ideal draft age is 16. How dare an 18 year old claim to be 16. MLB is losing two goddamn years on that exploitation! So MLB puts the kids through various tests to determine how old they really are. On the one kid, there is no real evidence that he is not 16. But his bonus falls from several million to less than half a mil. Furthermore, one agent begins to tell his family that only Pittsburgh is willing to sign him so he better take that lowball offer. Then an MLB investigator confirms that he should sign with the Pirates, as if that's what investigators do...tell kids where to sign.
All of this is down to drive down signing bonuses. Admittedly, it's ridiculous to pay a 16 or 18-year-old kid that much to play ball when he's never even faced a collegiate pitcher. But that's the sport. Money will be made on these guys when they are older. So why are Americans worth so much more than the Dominicans? Just another case of exploiting the poor. Go pick up the poor talent and make up reasons why it's all a gamble and his bonus should be lower. Kind of a joke. I wish I didn't like baseball as much and I would take a few seasons off. Wait...this is all sports. Colleges make millions on the sweat of kids, etc etc. Oh well.