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POLL: Are Kids Getting Priced Out of Baseball and Softball?

A NY Times article explores the era of the $250 baseball bat

Have you bought a baseball glove for your Little Leaguer lately? Did you pay more than $100 for it?

How about a $250 bat?

New York Times story headlined "Big Price Tags Attached to Even the Littlest Leagues," looks at the big business of equipping youngsters for participation in youth baseball and softball leagues, quoting those costs and more.

"A batting helmet protects tiny heads for $39.99," the Times reports. "A pair of Nike Jordan Black Cat cleats will make your child fast and fashionable at $51.99 until he or she outgrows them."

So what do parents in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park think? Has the cost of bats and gloves taken our kids too far from the simpler days of sandlot and playground ballgames? Or have you had better luck finding more modestly-priced equipment for them?

Dustin Allan Cook April 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
The prices are steep, companies are taking advantage of rules and regulations that leagues are putting on equipment. You have to pay the price for safety I guess. Best example is the new BBCOR bats for high school, they are made to "be safer and last longer". Are they really that different? Could it just be a way for new bats to get sold? Another thing to blame would be the advertisement by professional baseball players and companies that promote different style gloves for every position. I've been playing baseball my entire life and never bought into the idea of having a different glove for infield, pitching & outfield. I found a glove that was comfortable and made it work.
Tony Dondero (Editor) April 26, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Thanks for the comment, Dustin. The new high school rules seem to add to the expense. Also, it seems to make it varsity you have to play on a high level traveling summer league team and probably do some fall ball as well, which adds up. For the serious player you probably have to specialize, and it can be a challenge to do participate in much else besides your top sport and keeping up in school--you might not have time for other sports and activities. Anyone agree or disagree?

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