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Thursday, March 25, 2021

What If: All the High Schoolers Signed?

Dodger legend Paul Goldschmidt stepped into the batter’s box as Toronto Blue Jays starter Aaron Nola looked in for the sign. The Los Angeles first baseman stood tall, with a bat draped over his shoulder as Nola stepped into a four-seamer intended for the inside half of the plate. Goldschmidt was early on it, but pulled it into play and passed a diving Kris Bryant.

Third basemen Gavin Lux dashed home to tie the game and Cody Bellinger scored shortly after to give LA the lead (Yankee Justin Turner watched from his couch). Nola’s day was done, and Toronto manager John Gibbons stepped out from the dugout to signal for a lefty to try to save their season — James Paxton.

To the untrained eye, this is Major League Baseball. But it is only an echo of the baseball we know today — a bizarro world where a collective bargaining disaster put Scott Boras out of work and led to every high schooler signing with the team that drafted them. Mike Trout is still an Angel and Jacob deGrom a Met, but in this world, Aaron Judge is an Athletic and Trea Turner a Pirate (at least until they traded him before his arbitration price got too high).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2021 at 05:44 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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