U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost

Billy Beane, the number-one draft pick in 1980, was a victim of bad talent management. Signed for the New York Mets out of high school, talent scouts thought they had found a naturally gifted athlete. But just a decade later, Beane’s career sputtered and died. He didn’t have the right stuff.

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AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Millions of Americans grew up with a close relative in the military; for many, whom we’ve come to affectionately know as “military brats,” that close relative was a mom or dad. These military brats exist in every part of our society, including perhaps the most competitive portion of it — professional sports.

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