Originally Posted by LonghornCowboy
I'm sure that some day the MLB draft (or at least the first couple of rounds) will be televised as well....it just shows how behind the times baseball is compared to the NFL.
Doubtful for several reasons:
1) College baseball isn't as popular as college football
2) In cont. of #1 there are 2 reasons (IMO) for this: 1) Like the NBA high schoolers sign pro contrats and thus are ineligible for the college game and 2) Dominican Republic - the next Juan Gonzalez, Manny Ramirez, etc. go straight to the minors, they'll never see time in college.
3) Do you really care to watch a televised draft where 50% of the first round picks will flop? Not have a decent career - will flop, never see the pros.
4) Do you really want to watch a draft where if you're lucky the guy you pick will become a member of the major league roster in 12-18 months? That's like taking all 7 rounds of the NFL draft and sticking everyone in NFL Europe and hope in 2 years he'll be good enough for a shot in the pros.
If college baseball gets rid of the aluminum bats and goes with wood I think you'll see a lot faster transition to the pros, but the NCAA won't allow it because the costs will skyrocket.