• Youth. All baseball players are older than you. They all seem eternal and massive, like redwoods.
• Peerism. Rookies are your age; you watch up-and-coming prospects while doing collegiate keg stands. The world spreads out before you, limitless.
• Peak years. This is when you are the same age as the superstars, mid-to-late 20s, when players are at their absolute best and you start worrying, "Hey, I should have a lot better idea of where my life is going than I do."
• Established veteran. This is when the players who were rookies when you were in college started getting called "grizzled."
• Retirement. It is incredibly disturbing when baseball players your age start retiring and you're still figuring out how to tackle that student loan.
• Manager. "Wait, how in the world is Dave Roberts -- that Dave Roberts? -- old enough to be a baseball manager?"
• Death. Fortunately, we are all immortal and will never die.
Players attempting to play in MLB often choose not to defect to the United States, because establishing residency in the United States means they must enter the MLB Draft . If they defect to another nation, they can become free agents , allowing them to choose their offer.  The largest contract given to a Cuban defector is outfielder Rusney Castillo 's seven-year contract with the Boston Red Sox , signed in 2014, worth $ million.  First baseman José Dariel Abreu signed a six-year contract worth $68 million with the Chicago White Sox in 2013.  The largest contract given to a pitcher was the $32 million the New York Yankees gave to José Contreras in 2002,  while the Cincinnati Reds signed Aroldis Chapman for $ million in 2010. 
Local communities, however, faced the possibility of losing their MLB franchises as the economics of baseball changed dramatically in the late 1990s. Major market teams, many of them now owned by corporations rather than wealthy individuals, drove up player payrolls. This hurt smaller market teams and teams owned by individuals who either lacked resources or the desire to match salaries. The Minnesota Twins, unable to secure a new, publicly funded baseball stadium, threatened to move to another state in 1997. The state of Minnesota sought unsuccessfully to probe the team's finances and that of MLB, but in the end the Twins could not secure a sale or move of the team.