As the MLB has quickly become more of a freak show with young stars such as Bryce Harper and Mike Trout as well as multiple young pitchers like Yordano Ventura and Aroldis Chapman who are consistently throwing 100 MPH from the mound. These young rising baseball stars bring up the subject of whether the ranking system of the minor and major leagues are fair. Is it fair that ball players are going right from school to the MLB instead of working their way through the farm systems?
With all of these “freaks of nature” rising up to the MLB, how does one’s athletic background compare to the other? Is it fair that one phenom’s background could be potentially greater and could take the spot of a veteran MLB player that worked his way up through the ranks but grew up with a below average family background?
We have Bryce Harper, who hit a 570 foot home run in his Junior College as an eighteen year old. As seen in the Home Run Derby, his father and brother are also very athletic. Harper goes straight to the major leagues while, Chris Getz, a former Michigan baseball player, is a player who had a professional career of 10 years, 4 of those being in the minors. Even when he was in the majors, he was repeatedly sent down because of other players with greater talent that took his spot. Athletically Getz grew up with a below average family background, unlike Harper whose father played himself and practiced with him often, and brother also played baseball for the University of South Carolina.
In regards to equality, you can have all the talent in the world with all the best genes, but only people who work hard get the chance to succeed. If you are one of the underdogs, I say to you, keep working at it, your time will come. For example, Jose Bautista (Or Joey Bats as they call him) was drafted in the 20th round in the 2000 MLB Draft coming out of a below average junior college. For anyone unfamiliar with the draft, the 20th round is not where the top MLB players come from. Bautista went through the minor league system, got traded by five different teams such as the Pirates, Rays, Royals, Orioles before finally finding a home with the Toronto Blue Jays. Considered as one of the hardest working players in the MLB, Bautista become a 2-time home run champion and Silver Slugger in 2010 and 2011 as well as a 4-time All-Star.
So the question is, should there be seniority in Major League Baseball or is the current system doing a fair job of treating all of their players equally?