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Mike Yaz and others delay the dream

For many N.E. ballplayers, the road to the big leagues runs through Nashville

Updated: August 10, 2012, 1:24 PM ET
By Marty Dobrow | ESPNBoston.com

The lifelong dream was there for the taking.

The young man with the famous last name was fast approaching the July 15 deadline to sign a pro baseball contract, or return to college for his senior year. The Seattle Mariners had selected Mike Yastrzemski in the 30th round of the draft in early June -- holding off until then because they knew he had a strong interest in going back to Vanderbilt to finish his degree. But as the clock ticked, the Mariners began to dig deeper, figuring that ...

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