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So im 27 with a family and am thinking of giving this Texas winter league in San Antonio a try.  Kind of a last shot kind of thing to prove to myself if I ever had what it to to play pro ball.  Not sure how good these winter leagues are and i guess my question is if they are worth it? its one month and you pay to play all included.  With hopes of an independent team seeing you play and maybe picking you up for their season.  Let me know what you think?

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Aaron,

You want to know if t's worth it? But really, it's up to you. If you still have that desire itching inside you, if you take dry swings while brushing your teeth and if you dream about playing for your favorite team then absolutely it's worth it! let's say you don't make it---you'll have one hell of a story to tell your grandkids.

in the mean time, give it your all!

Tom

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Originally, i started doing this because I became engrossed researching prospects for a fantasy baseball league. Back then all I really wanted to do was answer questions about baseball prospects. Funny how time flies but fifteen years later I have been asked questions regarding the negro leagues, what minor leaguers get paid, why players don't rub their injury when they get hurt, and how players can tryout for the minor leagues to name only a few. I was recently in correspondence with a father of a marine who lost several fingers while in Iraq; he was later drafted by the Padres and is playing in their minor league system. Additionally, I get a lot of questions from guys asking me if i think they can be successful at these tryouts or if they should tryout at all. I do my best to answer every one's question without overstepping my bounds of knowledge. *sometimes i have to tell people that I just can't answer their question.* And sometimes I have to tell people that they just aren't good enough to be a professional ball player.* Most recently i have received two negative feedbacks from people who didn't like my response. one 30 year old guy who hadn't played since he was a teenager asked me if he really had a shot at making the tryouts. realistically, i said no. i guess he didn't appreciate my bluntness but that was the truth. I am not really an 'expert' in anything. I just answer people's inquires, give some conservative, advise or tell them 'I don't know.' After fifteen years I have realized that i do fulfill most questions satisfactorily which keeps me doing this.

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