Major League Baseball must raise signing age to 18
Santo Domingo.- The economic risks of signing players aged 16 years and-a-half are exponentially higher, which prompted Dominican scouts to ask Major League Baseball (MLB) to raise the signature period by at least two more years.
Scouts Association president Ezequiel Sepulveda on Sunday said several of its members including Jesús Alou, together with MLB Commissioner’s Office local representative Rafael Perez last July 2 asked that the age to sign be raised to 18 years. “MLB knows that it’s very risky to sign 16 year-old boys.”
“Everyone agrees on this, but MLB is a flow chart that needs to go step by step. This will be discussed in the United States to see which are the positions of the team owners and the Players Association,” said Sepulveda, who’s been in the business for more than 30 years.
He added that it’s better to sign players from 18 to 20 years of age because they’re more experienced and their body is better suited for the game.
“It’s been proven that a 16-year-old boy takes seven to eight years to develop, while a 18yearl-old stakes five, so they would save at least two years, because it’s logical that older ones have stronger muscles and tendons,” the expert said.
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