Wagner Mateo is a 16-year-old awesome prospect. (Check the photo and say if you think that the age is accurate). Except something may be wrong with his sight. The Cardinals just yanked 3.1M from under his feet.

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  • 10 bucks this kid hits better than Varitek. Already. And with that eye.

    SF September 24, 2009, 1:07 pm
  • maybe they read the paper upside down – and meant to read he is 19! :)

    dw (sf) September 24, 2009, 1:08 pm
  • 16 upside down is not 19.. ;P

    Lar September 24, 2009, 1:15 pm
  • close enough… was supposed to be a funny, maybe he’s really 91?

    dw (sf) September 24, 2009, 1:20 pm
  • During the physical examination standard for a player signing such a huge contract, doctors informed the Cardinals of a possible issue with the vision in Mateo‚Äôs right eye. The team sent him to specialists, but definitive answers were elusive. With the 90-day window to void the contract approaching, the Cardinals acted swiftly Tuesday night.
    They swooped in and took money from a blind kid.

    I don’t see why the author is making the Cardinals look like the bad guys here. The kid failed his physical, plain and simple. It really sucks for the kid, but it’s not as if the Cardinals are Prince John from Robin Hood.

    Atheose September 24, 2009, 1:34 pm
  • true Ath – sorry for the kid and his family, but the Cardinals aren’t a charity either.

    dw (sf) September 24, 2009, 2:26 pm
  • Gotta love that video of him though. Great stuff from a ’16’ year old.

    attackgerbil September 24, 2009, 3:19 pm
  • The kid can still be a homeplate umpire for Angel-Sox games in Fenway.

    Zooboy September 24, 2009, 5:00 pm
  • If he’s 16, so am I.
    To further support SF’s proposition, we know he sure as heck could gun down a runner at second base.

    Paul SF September 24, 2009, 5:52 pm
  • buyer’s remorse

    dc September 25, 2009, 7:49 am

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