Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"Major League Baseball is undertaking its boldest effort yet to reclaim a youth apparatus that has been outsourced to third-party profiteers, planning a summer league for elite high school players that it hopes will eat into the pay-for-play market that exists today"

If successful, the league could grow in size and scope and perhaps challenge the current system, in which successful youth baseball players typically come from well-to-do families. Over the last 20 years, the monetization of youth baseball has grown rapidly, with Perfect Game almost monopolizing a showcase circuit that parents see as imperative to children’s development. Teams and colleges have emboldened that notion, attending the events because they offer the greatest concentration of talent in one place.