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April 15, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Why Isn’t HS (and College) Baseball More Popular

Maybe it’s the ping of the metal bat, maybe it’s the shortened game, maybe it’s the slow path to stardom.

But high school and college baseball has always been way behind football and basketball as the money-making sports at the amateur level.

Major League Baseball is nearly as popular as the NFL, probably more popular than the NBA and just as big as college football and basketball. So it’s not that baseball, as a game, is any less popular. But on the smaller scale, it doesn’t carry the same popularity as football and basketball.

The best reason is likely that college baseball players aren’t made into stars because even the best of the best have to go through the minors before making a name for themselves in the bigs. Even a local star like UW’s Tim Lincecum wasn’t a well-known name in college and now he’s a No. 3 starter on a Major League team (if you can call the San Francisco Giants a Major League team).

What are your thoughts on this? Why are HS football and basketball the money-makers while baseball drags behind?

Morning Stars

1. Jake Collier, Bellevue, baseball. Threw a complete-game shutout in a 3-0 win over Sammamish.

2. Janessa Johnson, Lake Washington, softball. Went 3-4 with a homerun and four RBI in a 17-0 win over Franklin.

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