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Guy Edmonds, a student at Aquinas College
in Menai in Sydney's south, had more than
20 American baseball scouts scrutinising his
every move during the Australian under-18
championships held in February.
Since then, he's become one of the rich-
est 17-year-olds in Australian sport -- not
bad for a boy who took up baseball just
five years ago. Edmonds said the sport just
fell in his lap. 'My mate up the road asked
me if I wanted to play. He was keen, so we
both signed up and it's all turned out okay,'
'Okay,' for Edmonds, is a six-figure, five-
year rookie baseball contract with the Texas
Rangers. He left for Arizona last month.
If you think that looks like a fast move,
consider this: the Americans made him an
offer before he hit three home runs, helping
underdogs New South Wales topple favour-
ites Western Australia in the final.
A brilliant catcher, Edmonds had been
scouted since before starring for Australia at
the World Youth Baseball Championships in
Taiwan last year. Awarded the title of world
number one junior catcher and a place on
the World All-Star Team in August last year,
Edmonds also finished as the second highest
home run scorer, second in hits and third
in runs batted in. During the champion-
ships, he hit a home run against Russia and
a grand slam against Chinese Taipei.
Edmonds began his Year 12 at Aqui-
nas this year, but left the school two days
later after deciding the chance to further
his baseball career was just too good to
ignore. 'Opportunities like this don't come
along often,' he said. 'This is my job now.
Besides, the contract includes a US$25K
education bonus. So if I decide to study
something -- perhaps a language like Span-
ish which is pretty popular over there -- I
won't miss out on the chance to get ahead
Aquinas College Principal Jane Donovan
said she and the school community wished
Edmonds all the best for his baseball career.
Now in the United States for pre-season
training, the 17-year- old prodigy is prepa r-
ing for the all-important summer season,
which kicks off in June. He's not too con-
cerned about losing his Aussie identity as
he'll be 'rooming' with another Australian
student from Canterbury with whom he's
played first grade.
With a salary, travel, meals and other
expenses on top, the teen could pocket
more than US$500,000. 'The contract is
worth US$150,000 plus extras, so it's about
US$200,000 all up and, depending on how
I go, there are bonuses and incentives so
we'll have to see what happens,' he said.
The sports prodigy is the son of Rod
Edmonds and nephew of Steve Edmonds,
both former Cronulla Sharks footballers.
Significantly, Edmonds is joining a club
named as the best in the US for junior
development during the past two years.
'The club is a great one and I'll be hop-
ing to meet some heroes of the game while
I'm there,' Edmonds said. 'Obviously, one
day, I'll be aiming to play in the US Major
It's been a meteoric rise since Edmonds
was initially refused a game by the Illawong
club five years ago. His dad, Rod, said he
remembered that day well, and how the
12-year-old Edmonds pressed on. 'It took a
while before they recognised Guy's strong
arm,' said Edmonds senior. 'He was pro-
moted out of the under 12s and straight to
the under 14s with his mate.'
Edmonds hasn't looked back since going
on to play for Canterbury first grade and
represent NSW, Australia and a world team
before hooking his super-rich US deal. T
Kathryn Barton is Communications
Officer: Jour n alism & Media at the
Catholic Education Office, Sydney.
Photo by John Veage, Fairfax Media.
This article was first published in
About Catholic Schools, the m agazine
of the Catholic Educ ation Office,
WHEN A SYDNEY STUDENT STARTED PLAYING BASEBALL FIVE YEARS AGO, THE
PROSPECT OF SIGNING A SIX-FIGURE, FIVE-YEAR ROOKIE BASEBALL CONTRACT
WITH THE TEXAS RANGERS WAS FAR FROM HIS MIND. NOW THE 16-YEAR-OLD SON
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