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The Times, They Are Not A-Changin'
2003-06-04 09:20
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the Orange County Register, of the Dodgers 20 selections Tuesday, 17 came from high schools.

Chad Billingsley has the quintessential profile of a first-round draft pick - if you haven't read Moneyball.

You can read more about the Dodger draft here on Baseball America. Here's just one excerpt, quoting Dodger scouting director Logan White:

"People think I'm a high school guy," White said of the Dodgers' trend in his first two seasons coming over from Baltimore. "They always ask me if I'm a college guy or high school guy. We're an equal opportunity organization. The truth of the matter is, we draft who we think is the best available player."

My question is, if you think the best available player is from high school 85 percent of the time, doesn't that make you a high school guy? Not to start a political debate here, but if a company hired 85 percent of its people from one demographic, I'd say it would be time for some enforced affirmative action.

Anyway, this is all speculation, not confirmation, so please - no whining.

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