I've been reading Tim Kurkjian's book "Is this a great game or what?" and I read something I think most sports fans will appreciate.
In the 1979 amateur baseball draft, Don Mattingly was taken in the 19th round. Drafted ahead of him that year?
Dan Marino, John Elway, and Jay Schroeder.
I knew that Elway played minor league ball, I didn't know about the other two, though.
Yeah, it should, but we don't live in Shouldland! Ah, Shouldland, where clean-cut kids cruise Shouldland Boulevard, and the Shouldland High football team gets their optimistic asses kicked by their crosstown rival, Reality Check Tech.
Manny, with all his problems last year, still put up really good numbers. If he repeats those numbers (or even loses 50-60 OPS points), it's still a huge bargain for Tampa Bay. So, Damon, Manny and about a million draft picks for the Rays this winter.