Big League Stew takes a trip down memory lane with some pictures of MLB All-Stars during their high school days.
Jeter earned all-state honorable mention honors in basketball at Kalamazoo Central in between starring on the baseball field. He batted .557 as a junior and earned multiple national player of the year honors during his senior season. In middle school, Jeter was listed in the yearbook as "most likely to play shortstop for the Yankees."
In high school, Beckett was both a metaphorical and literal flamethrower.
The New York Yankees star said he was a bit of a troublemaker at his California high school.
The North Carolina native was the subject of a flattering write-up in Sports Illustrated before he finished his senior season. "He's better at this game than anyone else I've seen in high school or college," a scout said. Hamilton's mother, on the other hand, expressed worry about sending her young son "out in the world by himself."
There's not much difference between high school A-Rod and current A-Rod. Both are always the best players on the field and perpetually look like they're posing for a spread in GQ.
A 12-year-old Prince took batting practice with his father, Cecil, one day at Tigers Stadium and hit a ball into the right-field seats. This picture is from a few years later.
Instead of playing at the high school where his father taught and coached, Jones went to boarding school in Jackonsville and led his baseball team to the state title as a junior. The next year, the Atlanta Braves made him the No. 1 pick.
While not an All-Star this season (so he's the one!), Mauer became the first student to ever be named USA Today's National Player of the Year in two sports. He chose baseball after being selected by the Minnesota Twins as the No. 1 pick in 2001. Had he turned down the hometown team, he would have traveled south to play quarterback at Florida State. In Mauer's high school baseball career, he struck out only once and also had a pretty mean fastball; in one game he was clocked at 92 mph and he struck out 38 batters in 24 innings.
Though not an All-Star this year, here's a young Pujols during his high school days in Missouri. After moving to Independence from the Dominican Republic via New York, Pujols successfully petitioned for an extra year of high school on the basis that he hadn't fully learned English.
Even with a World Series title and two Cy Young awards, Lincecum's greatest athletic achievement remains striking out an opponent while a paddling from Ben Affleck loomed. (See a picture of the real Lincecum, not his "Dazed and Confused" look-alike, here.)
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