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Old 07-21-2013, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Someplace Wonderful
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I think it's due to the insane cost more than anything. 70 bucks for a good glove, another 200 for a solid bat, 50 for cleats; the costs just add up. An inner city kid from a poor place like Detroit or St. Louis can't afford all those costs, and will be moved towards sports where all you need to buy is a ball and have a net to shoot the ball into
That does not explain the shortstops from Puerto Rico, where kids play with cardboard gloves to start out.

When I was a kid (break out the harps) we shared gloves and bats. Made it tough on me because I am left handed and us sinister Americans were few and far between in my home town. It was tough playing the field with a glove meant for a righty. That;s my excuse for being unable to field

I suggest your analysis is not correct.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:48 AM
 
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I think it's due to the insane cost more than anything. 70 bucks for a good glove, another 200 for a solid bat, 50 for cleats; the costs just add up. An inner city kid from a poor place like Detroit or St. Louis can't afford all those costs, and will be moved towards sports where all you need to buy is a ball and have a net to shoot the ball into

You can get a good kids glove for $25 and buy your choice of Easton bat for $30 at a second hand store. We played baseball, in the inner city, until high school without the benefit of cleats. Our uniforms were t-shirts and caps provided by merchants and blue jeans..
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