Baseball's bonus rule, created in 1952 to keep the
more affluent ball clubs from cornering the young talent market, provides that
a free agent signed for more than $6,000 for his first year must stay on the
club roster for two full seasons. Thus he occupies a position which otherwise
would be open for a seasoned and useful player. Casey Stengel's concern is for
First Baseman Frank Leja, now 19, signed by the New York Yankees for a reported
$45,000 in 1953, and Shortstop Tom Carroll, 18, plucked off the Notre Dame
campus this spring and given $40,000.