Friday, June 13, 2014

Money & Minorities In Major League Baseball

There has been countless discussions and reasons for why young people, predominantly minorities, choose other sports other than baseball more and more these days. One of the main reasons is that baseball is expensive, and to be honest the cost of a glove, batting gloves, a bat, cleats, uniforms, hats, a cup, etc are rather expensive, but the biggest one is how much money can be made in the NBA and NFL specifically and how quickly it can be made. Forbes released a list of the highest paid athletes in the world and may have shot down these excuses for why minorities are flocking away from Major League Baseball.

Forbes listed 100 players on the highest paid players list and this is the breakdown by sport:

MLB: 27
NFL: 17
NBA: 18
MLS: 15
PGA: 5
Racing: 6
Boxing: 4
Tennis: 6
Track: 1
Cricket: 1

Maybe it's time to find another excuse why minorities are playing other sports. seem to think we may see a turnaround soon with minorities in baseball.. See the complete list HERE.


  1. I think the real reason is how much easier it is to advance in some of the other sports. I'm not saying it's easy to reach the professional ranks of any sport. I just think that baseball is the one sport that you can't "fake" talent. In the other "mainstream" (NFL and NBA) size and speed play more of a factor. In baseball, it doesn't matter if you're 5'6" or 6'6". You can either play or you can't.

  2. I can see that. There isn't really a minor leagues in the NFL, NBA, etc. You have college sure but you have college baseball as well.

  3. Although in Football and Basketball, you may get signed out of school but, once the games begin, there is nowhere to hide.
    You either make it, or go home!
    Well, there is Canada for football and the CBA for basketball.

  4. MLB is the same way, even in the minors. You stick around more in MLB because of guaranteed contracts.

    We drafted a guy last year, Hector Crespo, who made it all the way to AAA last year before being flat out released.


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