Since Jackie Robinson West’s last Little League World Series appearance, in 1983, one thing in baseball has changed appreciably — African-American representation in baseball has gone down significantly. That’s why in 2014, it will be a much bigger story that an all-black team made it this far in youth baseball’s most storied tournament.

Here’s our own theory for another reason why African-American representation in baseball has declined: Youth travel teams, which have gotten ridiculously expensive, giving only the more affluent kids the best training at a young age. Travel youth sports are out of control.

 

via Why A Chicago Team Has Become The Little League World Series’ Biggest Story.