Talking Points: This draft pick got away
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
There were lots of drafted baseball hopefuls who did not sign a deal before Monday’s deadline.
Among them Trent Boras, a California high school third baseman. He was a 30th-round draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers and instead of starting a minor league baseball career he will attend the University of Southern California.
What makes it surprising that this prospect didn’t sign is that is father is superagent Scott Boras.
“We made the decision long ago that we wanted him to go to college,” Scott Boras told The Associated Press.
At least he wasn’t holding out for a bonus.
In other draft tidbits ....
• Give it up for the Mariners and their 2011 draft class. The M’s signed 43 of 51 players selected, and 10 the first 11. The only high pick to not sign was third-rounder Kevin Cron, a high school catcher and first baseman out of Phoenix.
• Among first-round draft picks, only Tyler Beede, taken by the Blue Jays, did not sign a deal. He turned down a reported $2.5 million and will attend Vanderbilt University. Again, family ties weighed more than professional baseball.
• Locally, Prairie High grad Taylor Ard is returning for his junior year at Washington State. He was drafted in the 25th round by the Red Sox.
Watch out London. There could be a couple of ringers in the Olympic tennis field.
Roger Federer has asked Martina Hingis about playing mixed doubles together for Switzerland at next year’s Olympics.
Federer says he has not personally spoken to Hingis about coming out of retirement, but one of his representatives has contacted the 30-year-old star. Hingis, a former No. 1 player, has won five Grand Slam tournaments and retired in 2007.
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