Marlins sign Bair, Player of the Year NATIONAL LEAGUE


In yesterday's editions, Florida Marlins area scouting supervisor Ty Brown was incorrectly quoted about where he had expected former Calvert Hall pitcher Andy Bair, who signed with the Marlins, to be selected in baseball's amateur draft last month. Mr. Brown actually said he expected Mr. Bair to be picked before the 10th round.

The Sun regrets the error.

Left-handed pitcher Andy Bair, The Baltimore Sun's two-time All-Metro Baseball Player of the Year from Calvert Hall, signed with the Florida Marlins yesterday.

Rather than disclosing the amount of his signing bonus, Bair said that it was in accordance with what a fifth-round selection would warrant, which is believed to be approximately $75,000, with college tuition included.

Bair, who had expected to be drafted in the early rounds of the June amateur draft, was selected by the Marlins in the 60th round.

"The round is not the main thing," said the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Bair. "It's what you're determined to do, and I definitely wanted to play professional ball."

Said Ty Brown, the Marlins' area scouting supervisor: "We feel very fortunate that we were able to get him in the draft. We had him on our scale much higher than we picked him.

"I had him talent-wise going no higher than the 10th round. And we have compensated him accordingly. We did not treat him financially as someone would a draft pick where he was drafted. We made him an attractive offer in accordance with where his talent was. He'll prove to us that he's worth more than we gave him."

Brown said he was stunned that Bair was still available so late in the draft.

"I think there were a lot of false rumors about what it would take to sign him," Brown said. "I was shocked after the first six rounds that he hadn't been drafted. I told my boss: 'Let's draft Andy Bair.' "

Bair has been assigned to the Gulf Coast Marlins, Florida's rookie league affiliate.

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