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Some of those first round picks will get nice signing bonuses, but there is a chance they may need that to actually pursue their dream. Imagine that, using your own money so you can work for someone else. How many of you would do that upon graduation?
I was about 13 years old when the MLB draft became a big deal.
Yeah, everything gets covered more now but the draft has always garnered attention.
The league glamorizes the draft and makes the kids feel like stars. Many will report to minor league outposts in a couple of weeks and realize that was their last five-star treatment by the league for a while, maybe ever.
Not sure how old you are, but the draft was barely a blip on the media radar as recently as the early '90s. There'd be one day of coverage of the first-round picks, typically centered on the No. 1 overall pick, but there was basically no coverage of the draft until draft day. Hell, until around 1990 or '91, MLB didn't even release the names of the players drafted, let alone announce them live. Eventually, MLB started releasing an alphabetical list, and then the live selections started about 10-12 years ago.
I'm old enough to remember that (older than Silva). My recollection is there was always some kind of feature in the local paper about the draft back then though. In an era when I had to wait for the 2PM Lowell Sun to come out to find out if the Sox won in Seattle the night before, that doesn't seem outrageous.
Now the game or television show is encrusted behind sprites emblazoning the network's logo, upcoming shows, and sponsor slogans. You're lucky that you can even see what you tuned in to watch! It wasn't so in years past.*
"Brought to you by..." has been a staple in baseball games for decades. Maybe its more annoying and ubiquitous now, but content has never been king, making money has always been goal #1 in TV.
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