MLB's All-Under 24 Team

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MLB's All-Under 24 Team
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I realize that, to many out there, 24 seems like an arbitrary number to be a cutoff for an "All-MLB" team. In truth, the decision was made in large part by intuition. It seems to me that most of the game's stars don't reach their elite status until (or after) that particular age, with few exceptions.

So, in an effort to research this theory of mine, I set out to create an entire roster of players who, as of April 1 of this year, were under that age. In other words, all the players on this roster were born after April 1, 1985.

This means no Felix Pie, Justin Masterson, Matt LaPorta, Brandon Wood, Ryan Sweeney, Jeff Samardzija, or Emmanuel Burriss. For Daniel Murphy, who was born on that exact date, I decided to use the old baseball saying of "tie goes to the runner."

To make the decision process easier, I eliminated all players that have never appeared in a Major League Baseball game. This means that Matt Wieters is also out.

Before anyone makes a case for any player not included, make sure that they qualify under these stipulations.

So here's to the best baseball players who can't yet rent a car on their own without inciting extra fees.

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