Perfect Game USA and the Future of Baseball: How the Remaking of Youth Scouting Affects the National Pastime

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For decades baseball scouts have beat the bushes for talent, wandering throughout the United States in search of promising young players. But technology and competition have recently brought about big changes, as potential stars are identified as early as Little League. The largest such scouting and development service, Perfect Game USA, has become the primary pipeline to college and professional baseball, with its participants accounting for more than 70 percent of the players taken in the 2007 amateur draft. ...

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Overview

For decades baseball scouts have beat the bushes for talent, wandering throughout the United States in search of promising young players. But technology and competition have recently brought about big changes, as potential stars are identified as early as Little League. The largest such scouting and development service, Perfect Game USA, has become the primary pipeline to college and professional baseball, with its participants accounting for more than 70 percent of the players taken in the 2007 amateur draft. This book looks at the history, methods, and impact of Perfect Game USA, which continues to change the landscape of youth baseball.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786434084
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Edgerton is a writing teacher and author of nine books, including Surviving Little League: For Parents, Players, and Coaches. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Wally Lubanski 1

Preface 5

1 It's Not Your Father's Game Any More: The Rapidly Changing Landscape of Youth Baseball 13

2 How the Stage Was Set for the "New" Field of Dreams: A Time of Innocence 16

3 The Birth and Early Growth of Perfect Game USA Showcases 20

4 The Professional Scout's View 26

5 High School Baseball and How It Lost Its Luster 39

6 The "If You're Good, They'll Find You" Fallacy 49

7 Dominican and Other Latin American Players 52

8 Steroids, HGH, and Other Performance-Enhancing Substances 55

9 The Early Years 58

10 Financial Woes 68

11 Watershed Moments 71

12 The Parts of the Perfect Game Organization 88

13 The Cultural Impact of the New Era: A New Philosophy 92

14 Select and Travel Teams: The Other Major Force at Work in the New World of Baseball 105

15 Perfect Game's People 112

16 The Negatives 122

17 A Prescription 129

18 Perfect Game and Its Future 133

19 Developing a Sound Plan 139

20 Preparation for a Showcase 147

21 Interesting stories, interesting people 165

Epilogue: What a Journey 179

Sources 183

Index 185

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