I started to post this on the other post but I want to get some thoughts on a slightly different angle on the question…
I see baseball losing many talented players, not just poor blacks, but middle class America in general. Why you ask? MONEY
No, I don't mean the player's wages; I'm talking about what it costs to play. While many people will tell you that if your kid is good enough, they will find you. You find today that most if not all of the better players in an area are leaving neighborhood programs to chase that elite travel team. It really became noticeable in our area this summer. Thousands upon thousands of dollars are being spent on travel programs. I see many kids, who are better players, staying home and thinking that they can't get discovered. They tend to get less training because they think they aren’t good enough, since they weren’t asked or invited to try-out. Only the kids with the bucks play.
How do you guys, and gals, feel? Do you have to play, and pay, to have a good shot at a future in baseball (not just pros but all levels of college too)?