Lonnie, on 28 April 2012 - 02:54 PM, said:
Snobs? You are being kind, the words I have for some of them requires an age verification check of the folks that come here in 13 states...
Some folks don't want baseball to emulate ANY other sport.
Being a soccer fan I understand that. There are a lot of people, especially overseas, that become rather annoyed with how the US's program is run and how it's grown. It's a different brand. But then again it's different in Spain, England, Mexico and even Brazil. It's about the different flavors.
The same could be said about Japan baseball vs. the America style or brand. I called it "the America style" to incorporate all of north america and then again even down south you as well as others know about the difference in Venezuela baseball and the intensity. It's amazing.
That said, and to get back on track, it's about what is best for the sport here in the US. A) It doesn't "tie" a teams hands and enables more to teams to do what they want, and
it makes these drafts more interesting. Forget about the fact that most people haven't heard of many of these kids in the draft, people will tune in for the entertainment value. And I don't buy that people haven't "heard" of these kids because their H.S. level. These people that follow football know the #56th overall ranked H.S. guard in the country, what college he's committed too and whether or not he's a NFL prospect. If people wanted to know about high school pitchers or hitters the information is out there...
This isn't you fathers MLB draft.