Found June 05, 2012 on Full Spectrum Baseball:
3 Balls You need not look any further than the most commonly searched names on any popular baseball site to determine which players have big time name recognition.  Some players become multimedia sensations before they ever take the field.  A few reach star status prior to even being drafted or signed from overseas.  Consider that a Google search for “Bryce Harper” returns 5,830,000 results.  “Yoenis Cespedes” gets you 601,000, and a “Yu Darvish” works out to roughly 4,660,000.  All 3 highly-touted rookies currently play for major league teams, but that was not the case a matter of a few months ago.  While that may be a lifetime by internet generation standards, it still represents a relatively short period by baseball standards. Given the amount of time, energy, and money dedicated to creating a brand for each of these players, I cannot help but wonder whether the newest faces of MLB even have the chance to meet the lofty expectations associated with each of them.  Will every posit...
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