There is no debating that baseball is big business. Fans in the U.S. suffer through football season while they watch the off-season bargaining. Winter ball, in Puerto Rico, used to serve as both a diversion from winter doldrums and a way to allow fresh, young talent to be seen by major league scouts. However, recently, winter league play has seen a steady decline in both fans attending games and the number of teams.
The winter league has a proud history and many are pointing fingers at MLB officials for baseball’s decline on the island. In 1990, P.R. was included in the major league draft. “The draft has had a large effect on the Puerto Rican baseball player,” said Alomar, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in July. “A lot of youngsters don’t have the economic resources to play and go to college. For me, it isn’t what is best for us.”
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