There was a glorious span in the mid-1990s when a new sea story from the reclusive author appeared every year, prompt as the tide, but then came the news of his death at the height of his powers in 2000, and suddenly the spring was dry.Since then, we hopeless addicts have been rudderless and adrift, the unread novels from the score that make up the great series about Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin dwindling like our last drops of fresh water among the salt.Lin's bonus is the highest of all-time for an Asian amateur position player and the second-highest bonus ever for an amateur player from Taiwan, behind only the .2 million the Rockies spent on righthander Chin-Hui Tsao when he was 18 in 1999.Excluding Cubans, Lin's bonus was the second-highest bonus of the year for an international amateur player after Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras, who signed with the Rangers for .5 million.He claims that the happiest hours of his week are spent sitting in front of a computer, writing.His most recent books include "Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments" (Indiana hardcover, 2000; Norton paperback, 2003), his self-portrait of the reader as a young man, "An Open Book" (Norton, 2003) and a collection of his essays and reviews titled "Bound to Please" (Norton, 2005) In 2006 he brought out "Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life" (Henry Holt), and in 2007 Harcourt published "Classics for Pleasure." Dirda joined The Post in 1978, having grown up in the working-class steel town of Lorain, Ohio and graduated with highest honors in English from Oberlin College. He thinks the greatest novel of all time is either Murasaki Shikubu's "The Tale of Genji" or Proust's "A la recherche du temps perdu." In a just world he would own Watteau's painting "The Embarkation for Cythera." Dirda is a member of several literary associations, including the Baker Street Irregulars and The Ghost Story Society.By contrast, a single line—such as John William Burgon’s “A rose-red city half as old as time”—can be enough to confer poetic immortality.
RHP Simon Mercedes (Dominican Republic), RHP Jose Almonte (Dominican Republic), SS Wendell Rijo (Dominican Republic), CF Luis Alexander Basabe (Venezuela), 2B Luis Alejandro Basabe (Venezuela), LHP Daniel Mc Grath (Australia), RHP Heri Quevedo (Dominican Republic).Lin originally agreed to a 0,000 deal with the Yankees in 2010 when he was 16, but that agreement fell apart.The Yankees performed a status check protocol and MLB had declared Lin a free agent, but the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association threatened to ban Lin from playing or coaching Taiwan if he signed before graduating high school, so the deal was never finalized.Where the Pyreneées tumble into the sea and the people speak a strange, hurried language, here O'Brian had his modest house among the vineyards.And it was here that he awarded his creation and alter ego, Stephen Maturin, an altogether more splendid residence.