Saturday, August 15, 2009

Importing BB Talent: A Home Run for Globalization



WSJ article "Foreign Talent Loads the Bases in Minor Leagues":

Recent changes in U.S. immigration law and growing competition in baseball for raw talent have allowed the minor-league farm system to flourish with imported players. It has been a home run for globalization, but bad news for U.S.-born players, who suddenly have much more competition. Across the minor and major leagues, the total number of foreign-born players is growing fast, to almost 3,500 of the 8,532 players under contract this summer, from 2,964 three years ago.

Originally posted at Carpe Diem, not for re-posting on Death and Taxes.

3 Comments:

At 8/15/2009 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the World Series is truly the World Series, things will get a lot better for everyone in baseball.

 
At 8/15/2009 8:23 PM, Blogger OA said...

The NBA is also hiring lots of international players. In the last Olympics there were tons of NBA players on other nation's teams.

 
At 8/15/2009 10:39 PM, Anonymous gettingrational said...

Gosh, the game is better when the best players play by the same rules. Shall we extrapolate this to the world of international trade? Do visiting teams have to abide by arbitrary rules that the home team has concoted for home field advantage? Hmm, just some thoughts and boy do I love baseball, played by the fules.

 

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