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Twins ink top draft pick Royce Lewis to record deal

Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall pick in last weeks MLB Draft, has signed a $6.725 million contract with the Minnesota Twins, the largest deal ever signed by a high school baseball player, according to MLB.com.

While the team has not confirmed the value of the deal, the Pioneer Press reported the same $6.725 million figure, noting the club-record signing bonus was below the $7.77 million slot approved under the collective bargaining agreement.

Rose is the eighth Reds legend honored with a sculpture outside the park. Former teammates Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez, who also have sculptures there, attended Rose’s ceremony.

It’s just an honor to be on the same block with these guys, Rose said (via ESPN). This has to be the ultimate goal for any player of his or her sport.

Rose collected an MLB-record 4,256 hits during his 24-year career from 1963-1986, but he’s ineligible for Cooperstown because he bet on baseball games while he was the Reds’ manager in the 1980s. But the Reds have received MLB’s permission to honor Rose. Last year, they inducted him into the team’s hall of fame and retired his No. 14 jersey.

Saturday it was the statue.

Oh, about that headfirst slide, Rose had an interesting explanation for why he slid that way.

I think you’d have to agree that I was kind of known for being aggressive, and part of being aggressive is sliding headfirst, Rose said. And you always get your picture in the paper.

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