When people think of American pastimes, some of the first things that come to mind are Hollywood, McDonald’s, and sports. Particularly, the U.S. is known for its money-making sport of baseball, which is possibly the most profitable sports business in the country: it makes about $6 billion a year (according to CBS news reports click here to read article). Because baseball players have the ability to make $1 million or more, many young men aspire to “play in the big leagues.” But what does it take to get there? What is involved in “making it to the big club?”
Like all things in life, making it big does not come easy for professional baseball players. Success in this sport is not necessarily measured by where a person comes from, what social class he belongs to, or even the racial category that he represents. What matters most is how much natural talent he possesses and how hard he is willing to work ( and how many sacrifices he is willing to make) to get the team a win. Baseball is both an individual and team sport: a player has his own personal record, but ultimately each player must work together to defeat the other team. Before a player can even be on a major league team, however, he must go through a detailed procedure.
There a few different pathways to make it to the Big Club, but the two most common are the following: 1) be drafted to the Minor Leagues right out of high school, go through the Minor League system, then (if chosen) be drafted to the Major Leagues or 2) be drafted to the Minor Leagues at some point during college, go through the Minor League system, then be drafted to the Major Leagues. The first step–as shown in both scenarios–is to be drafted to the Minor Leagues. While this step is competitive, and it is one of those “once in a lifetime” moments to experience if selected, surviving the Minor Leagues is perhaps the toughest step to go through. The reason for this is because the Minor League is multi-layered. According to the official Minor League Baseball website, the Minor Leagues are composed of the Rookie level, Class A short season level, Class A level, Class A advanced level, Double A level, and the Triple A level (look at this site for information on Minor League baseball). Truth be told, many players don’t even make it past the Rookie level let alone Single A, Double A, or Triple A. It’s because of this strict weeding out process that I respect professional baseball players and the hard work that goes into them earning such a high-paying position. (Browse this website for more detailed information about baseball in general and the process).
The main reason I looked into Major League baseball is because my brother just recently was drafted by the Minnesota Twins! Below is an article about my brother (Bobby O’Neill) who had the privilege to be drafted at the beginning of this summer. It will give you a snapshot of what it feels like to be selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It is an accomplishment that many people undermine or simply don’t think that often about, but to me (and my family) it something to be proud of.
Post submitted by Casey O’Neill