View Full Version : Inoa becomes a sign of the times

07-03-2008, 04:48 PM
Baseball evolved Wednesday. The little guys, the teams that for so many years cried poor, won by spending money. And the recipients of that largess, 16-year-old boys from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, ones who grew up in the third world, are the forbearers for a striking change in the sport.

In recent years, the best players in Latin America have gravitated toward the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox and New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers, the teams that could afford to flash Costanza wallets loaded with cash. Baseball’s continued economic boom, amazing amid the country’s downturn, has infused so much money into the game that no longer is pricey amateur talent simply the domain of the big boys.

Oakland – low-revenue Oakland, immortalized in the book “Moneyball,” about winning with a scrimp-and-save payroll – signed a 16-year-old named Michel Inoa on Wednesday. Along with his $4.25 million bonus, Inoa got an Anglicized name, Michael, and a ticket to the Dominican Summer League, where he can add weight to his lithe 6-foot-7 frame, throw his 94-mph fastball, unleash his polished breaking ball and work on his changeup.


iam brett favre
07-03-2008, 04:51 PM
Damn 16 years old, 4.25 mil?

07-03-2008, 05:07 PM
What a lucky man he is.

07-04-2008, 01:28 PM

07-04-2008, 01:34 PM
thats gay is what it is

07-04-2008, 01:37 PM
hes 16, and throws 94 mph. Good thing he wont be on the A's for very long. Knowing Billy Bean hes probabaly looking to trade him in the future, like when he 26, for a **** load of prospects.

07-04-2008, 01:58 PM
I think signing Inoa is icing on the cake for the A's farm system. The issue I have with the signing is that he's already 6'7" at the age of 16, and it's difficult for pitchers with all that height to maintain their delivery with a lot of moving parts.

Luckily, the A's have been good thus far with developing arms.

The Schmooze
07-04-2008, 02:09 PM
add to the fact that these huge signing bonuses, for 16 year olds and college grads alike cause teams to rush their investment through the minor leagues

07-04-2008, 03:46 PM
thats gay is what it is

Good for the kid. Still SO far away, but whatever.