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Here’s a Thought: On Non-Tendering Jack Cust

Sometime in the spring of 2007, I was sitting in an AP English Language classroom as a high school senior. Since I had already gotten into college, I wasn't really 100 percent engaged anymore, and the works of Henry James and Joan Didion did little to motivate me. I was pretty much going through the motions.

Still, one assignment that we got piqued me interest. It was simply: "Write a persuasive essay of three pages on anything you want."

My essay, entitled "The Myth of Quadruple-A and the Minor League Sluggers," was closer to 10 pages. It argued that the "Quad-A" designation was arbitrary, and that teams could save a lot of money without losing any performance by giving Quad-A guys, particularly hitters, a chance.

My essay centered around the examples of Scott McCl...

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