By all things being equal I'm referring to players of equal or similar ability. In this case money or lack of can make a difference (IMO).
I've traveled from the New York City Park Leagues to the Latino neighborhoods in California, and I've seen ball players from 12 on up with little to nothing going for them - money wise. But, play ball with the ability and natural talent and drive using only the day to day experience of "being there" makes me question this ... "better by virtue of affordability.."
I've seen practice games between very well sponsored clubs and those teams formed up on a moment's notice. In every event, these kids that come from a hastily formed gathering of T-shirts, every third player shares a glove and so on, has a better sense of the game, ability and hunger for winning than their counterparts on the other side of the field. I saw this again last weekend in Upper State New York.
Here's where I'm going with this ... so many make the mistake of banking on money can buy success. Travel teams, private coaching, showcase events, and so on for so many, only serve to separate the haves-n-have less. Sure, being shown the fundamentals can and will, with many, improve performance - but why? Is all that money just to get to some objective other than a better brand of ball for the pure enjoyment of the game - OR - some other agenda like college or even a pro lifestyle?
So my question isn't just a rehash of .." all things being equal," ... or "money invested into a player is a better player," but the reality of ... HOW MUCH $$$ ?
Pitcher17, StevenMist what would you be willing to give up .. $$$ .. to be better? Not someone else footing the bill, but you.