This makes certain players in the MLB anomalies, much like Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow in their respective sports. One that particularly comes to mind is Curtis Granderson who plays for the New York Yankees. Now I hate the Yankees much like a lot of other baseball fans, but when Granderson used to play for the Tigers he was one of my favorite players. Curtis Granderson graduated from University of Illinois- Chicago with a double major in business administration and business marketing. When Curtis used to play fro the Tigers it did not take him long to become to the face of the franchise. He was a well spoken, young, athlete who was a great role model for young Tigers fans everywhere. He was also always promoting community service projects he was taking part in which gave kids another reason to look up to him. Another aspect that makes Granderson an anomaly is the fact that he is African American which there seems to be less and less of in the MLB, but that's a discussion for another time.
It is becoming harder and harder to find role models like Curtis in the MLB. usually the star players have no college experience and have a tendency to make a poor decisions. There is a lot that would need to be done to fix this disappointing trend in baseball. It would have to start with more emphasis put on college baseball. As of now college baseball is not something many fans chose to watch. But, if it could be marketed as a more attractive option more young player may chose this route out of high school instead of going right into the minors. This may make a small change, however it is unlikely any change will happen.
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