THE FOLLOWING OPINION WAS AUTHORED BY RYAN APONTE AN ASPIRING BASEBALL PLAYER AND JOURNALIST. HE IS A MEMBER AND PLAYER OF TM BASEBALL ACADEMY IN THE BRONX
THE NEW ERA OF BASEBALL
BY RYAN APONTE
Welcome to a New Era of Baseball. Today Major League Baseball is filled with Young Stars like Mike Trout, Yasiel Puig, Bryce Harper, Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton because of the exposure they receive for their outstanding play seen by millions of baseball fans on a daily basis during the long baseball season.
Fernandez because of his pitching performances, Stanton with his 450ft home runs, Trout, Puig and Harper turning singles into Triples. It's hard to believe that these electrifying players are Under the age of 25. There is no Surprise why they are idolized by a vast and young viewing audience.
Unfortunately, the young generation of baseball players who aspire to one day be Major League Baseball players are losing respect for the game. Now it's about who has the newest gear,is the coolest in practice and who has the most "Swag" during a game.
This is all due to the fact that a young audience views what the pros do at bat,on the field and how they wear their uniforms. Also, add to the fact about the gear they use and ignore the way professionals play the game of baseball, which is the right way.
I'm always watching little League games that take part in the Bronx, and sometimes barely stomach it. I'm not talking about the level of play because there are very talented players in little league Baseball. I'm talking about the lack of respect for the game.
I see players walk on and off the field. I see ballplayers with their uniforms un-tucked and catching attitudes with their coaches. There is lack of hustle with young players that choose to ignore the way professional players hustle and give a total effort.
If you watch as many baseball games, as I do, at all levels, one becomes more attentive to the way a player carries himself on and off the field. Here are a few examples to exemplify this point of view:
We recently see what happens to professional players who choose not to hustle and Respect the game. Former Florida Marlins Manager Jack Mckeon benched his starting shortstop Hanley Ramirez because of his lack of hustle. Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly benched and fined Yasiel Puig for arriving late to the ball park.
And Washington Nationals Manager Matt Williams benched Bryce Harper because he did not run out a ground ball.
It leads to this final point of view: If professional ballplayers have to hustle then every player from triple A to Little League ball should hustle and play the game the right way.