Posted at 10:11 AM on June 2, 2006
by Ben Tesch
Apparently one of the great sports non-events, the amateur baseball draft is on Tuesday. Let's just hope either MLB or ESPN doesn't try to turn this kind of thing into a spectacle like the NFL draft, where some Mel Kiper baseball spinoff touts the intangibles of people you have never heard of and will never hear of again.
I don't know. I've heard it said that one of the reasons baseball wasn't as popular as football was that they didn't do the kind of spectacle inherent in things like the NFL draft. Of course college football is a lot bigger than college baseball in the media (or even college softball, if I was GM of a team and need to get some free publicity, I'd draft some of the top college softball girls and see if they could make the adjustment to baseball, plus its a totally untapped talent pool).