The Houston Astros surprised the experts on Monday night, selecting 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa, from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, with the first pick in the Major League Baseball 2012 First-Year Draft.
Fourteen-time All-Star catcher Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez, who won a record 13 Gold Gloves, retired on Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Rodriguez, 40, spent 13 of his 21 years in the big leagues with the Rangers, whom he debuted with as a rookie in 1991. He also won a World Series ring in 2003 with the Florida Marlins.
Much to the delight of baseball fans, Major League Baseball players have started spring training in preparation for the 2012 season. While many players under contract are assured of a spot in a team’s organization, others are fighting to make enough of an impact to make a team. If players don’t latch on, they risk drifting into journeyman status or falling entirely out of baseball.
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