Every point and counterpoint to a topic has its own persuasion(s), either based on bias, personal experiences, and so on. In any case, my observations on the subject that Dino brought up is no different and I’ll be the first to admit my own observations are limited in scope, based on points in time particular to me, no one else.
American baseball, professionally anyway, is thriving because of its own agenda – it’s a business, plain and simple. Success is secured by two things – the owners of MLB, own everything. They own the banks, the bank’s bank, the Federal Reserve, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Commerce Department and so on. When you get up every morning, it’s because you have something that can give thanks to these people.
-second, MLB’s promotion’s department has done a remarkable job in selling the idea of dreams and all that encompasses. Face it, profitability is the key to survival in any endeavor, and failing that mindset has anyone on the outside looking in through a metal mesh gate, secured by a sheriff's department in conjunction with chapter 11. I know, I’ve looked through a couple of those gates in my career.
Ok, so what’s with pro ball and non-American, homegrown talent. Simple – it’s nothing personal, just business. Pro ball is no different then the clothes on your back. Are they American made? No. The shoes on your feet, are they American made? No. How about all those Christmas gifts you just bought, or about to receive, American made? No.
So, before looking elsewhere for where things should or shouldn’t be, look no further than your own mirror, each and every morning.
Bottom line here is simply this, you think of yourself before you think of anything else, when in comes to keeping what you got. So goes every endeavor in life. Heck, even Burger King has decided to move its corporate operations elsewhere in order to make more money.
Just an observation about American amateur baseball – it’s a JOKE. The pay-n-play, insurance, umpire boards and their customer base athletic director relationships, the lack of maintenance on public ball fields, the hype of youth baseball training facilities and their owners, the ego oriented ranks of amateur baseball coaching at all levels especially high school and college, and I’m sure other things that I could mention, but won’t.
I’ve been asked “What can I do to get on a college roster?” I say, “get into college first on academics.”
*[/color]I’ve been asked “What can I do to get into pro ball.? I say, “Forget about anything and everything that doesn’t pertain to baseball. Train and concentrate 24/7 with a good trainer, a pitching coach who understands the business, first, the playing aspects second. Get ready to let go of friends, family, anything that doesn’t focus your attention to playing and perfecting your game. After all, you’re training to be a professional, just like a CPA, attorney, and so on. Think like a professional.
* Why so strict on the what-to-do? Think about this for a moment- these youngsters that are coming from Latin American in particular, this is all they do because this is all they have, for the most part.
A final thought on going with a training facility.
Here’s a suggestion about using training facilities and those people and places that offer you .. the best chance to get into a college program and/or pro ball. Understand that these people are going to monitor you constantly and based on what training you undergo, if you don’t get onto a college club, if you don’t get some sort of scholarship, if you don’t get drafted in ANY round and you must accept, THEN THE FACILITY AND ITS TRAINERS WILL REFUND 50% OF YOUR MONEY. Now you and I know this will never happen – but ask anyway and then sit back and listen about the realities of getting into college ball, even less encouraging is pro ball.