From 1989 to 2000, I was really into the fantasy baseball thing. At the height of it, I could probably name every member of every major league bullpen and the top ten minor league prospects of any team on any day. My head was a database.
I stopped after 2000 and never went back. Starting having kids and distanced myself even more. Got to the point now where I watch a MLB game and don't know who half the players are outside of the stars. Probably couldn't even name half of the CLOSERS right now in the game if you asked me.
On the flip side, my son started playing baseball in 2010. And, I started paying attention to who he was playing with, and for, and against. And now my head is full of information on amateur players both locally and beyond as well as travel organizations and school programs.
It just happens. I don't study this stuff. I just have one of those memories where I can remember things that most people don't notice or usually forget.
I'm guessing it's going to stop when my son is done playing and I will become out of the information loop and as clueless on the amateur stuff as I am about the major leagues right now. Maybe my attention will shift back to professional baseball at that time? (Although I doubt it will ever be like it was in the 70's, 80's and 90's because I will never be that young again.)
When did you stop paying so much attention to players and teams? After High School ball? After college ball? Never?
I think I'm starting to see a line. I'm clueless on the local kids after the class of 2024. Even some of them are fuzzy. But I know the 2022s near and somewhat further like the back of my hand.