I’ve never met you, you’ve never met me and it’s quite likely we will never meet. From all I’ve heard, you are a tremendous young baseball talent who can throw a baseball pretty hard. That’s great, I like when my favourite teams draft players like this.
However, Tyler Beede, I am not here to praise your baseball skills today. I’m sure you have had people your whole life telling you how great you are Tyler, so today I’m going to tell you something different.
You are an idiot.
You were drafted 21st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays and if Keith Law’s tweets are to be believed, you turned down a $2.3 million signing bonus that was offered to you to play professional baseball. That is about $1 million more than the recommended slot bonus for someone drafted in that position.
So, Tyler, you have decided that instead of cashing in on your physical talents with an amount that could set you and your future kids up financially for life, you will go to Vanderbilt, presumably to try to move up higher in the draft, to stroke your ego and pad your future cheque book.
So what if you blow out your arm in your college career?
What if college players turn out to be better than the high school kids you’ve been mowing down and you don’t adjust well, falling from a first round draft pick to someone who a team sure as hell isn’t going to pay $1 million for?
Or what if a new collective bargaining agreement is put in place that prevents teens from getting million dollar paydays before they’ve accomplished anything in professional baseball? Wouldn’t that be tragic?
I promise I’m not just being spiteful because you didn’t sign for my favourite team. In fact, I wrote a post about a month ago about this exact same topic – my disbelief that people can turn down this kind of money for a shot at a bigger payday down the road.
I just am at a loss for words that there is that kind of money on the line and somehow a teenage kid is deciding that isn’t enough. Essentially you have just been asked if you’d like to win the lottery today and you have turned that down. Most people dream of that kind of money, you’ve decided it’s not worth it, or not enough. Think about that for a moment.
I can’t imagine that this decision comes solely from the player himself, so perhaps I’m being a little hard on you Tyler. Maybe this vitriol should be directed at your braindead agent? An overbearing father?
I honestly hope this backfires on you. Maybe then you’ll learn a life lesson. Have fun at Vanderbilt.
Good day sir.